My Top 5 Tips To Reduce Neck And Back Pain At The Office
By Dr. Jessica Warnecke PT, DPT, OCS
Do you sit or stand at an office desk for most of the day? Do you feel increased tightness or pain throughout your neck and back as your job stress rises or work load increases? Many of my patients complain of these nagging symptoms so I want to share with you my Top Tips for reducing work related pain.
In today’s world, many of our job requirements include sitting or standing at our desk for 8+ hours a day. Even in my world as a physical therapist, in which I stand, move, and physically work on people the majority of the time, do I still have to sit or stand at my laptop and do all my documentation and email responses. Outside of our actual job, we then spend many additional hours on our smart phones and personal electronic devices with our head down, shoulders forward, and back slumped.
This all takes a toll on our body and can lead to neck stiffness, headaches, muscle tightness, shoulder impingement, or the dreaded low back pain. To combat these issues, I want to share with you 5 simple, functional exercises you can do daily that require no equipment and minimal time. These exercises help keep the entire body mobile so that we don’t succumb to the rigors of our office jobs.
These 5 functional exercises don’t require a large time commitment and can be done anywhere throughout the day. Start implementing them into your work day routine in order to improve your office fitness level and avoid future pain, injury, or disability! Stay tuned for part 2 to learn important tips to follow with your desk space set up.
Meet Your Therapist
Jessica has been in Austin, TX for the past four years. She grew up in Idaho and attended PT school at Idaho State University. She completed an Orthopaedic Residency and became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2016.