Embrace Self-Care: Stretch at Your Desk!
By: Tessa Kolaczenko, Talent Development Intern
Work-related disorders aren’t just limited to heavy manufacturing or construction. These injuries can occur in all types of industries and work environments, including office spaces. Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders.
Staying in one position while doing repetitive motions is typical of a desk job. An analysis of job industry trends over the past 50 years revealed that at least 8 in 10 American workers are desk potatoes. The habits we build at our desks, especially while sitting, can contribute to discomfort and health issues, including:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Lower back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
According to the Mayo Clinic, more than four hours a day of screen time can increase your risk of death from any cause by 50 percent. There’s also a 125 percent risk for cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that moving or stretching is a buildable habit. For starters, you can set a timer to remind you to take a quick walk or stretch. If you’re pressed for time, there are even certain stretches you can do at your desk.
Embrace Talent Development has four easy desk stretch exercises for maintaining and improving your musculoskeletal health:
NOTE: Before giving these a try, remember to breathe normally throughout the stretches, and never hold your breath. With each stretch, you may find yourself more flexible. Don’t go further than is comfortable!