Most people grew up participating in competitive sports at a certain age, whether it be as an adolescent or young adult. Now one of your main focuses in life may be your career instead of those sports. In other words, you are now a corporate athlete. However, did you know that your job can be more physically demanding than any sport you have done to date?

 

Your job is now your new focus. You put in long hours, work hard, and try to provide for the life you are striving to achieve. Because your job can be more physically demanding than any sport you have done in the past, the injuries that can occur in front of your computer screen can be more drastic than any rolled ankle you have ever experienced. The following exercises are exceptionally beneficial if you experience:

 

  • Poor posture
  • Sore muscles
  • Tight muscles
  • Grogginess or low energy
  • Headaches

 

         

Neck Exercise: Chin Retraction

 

Step 1: Lie on your back, bend your knees, look at the ceiling

Step 2: Nod your head slowly forward without moving your neck (keep the movement very slow). Slowly return the nose to its vertical position. Repeat 10x.

 

Benefits and details of this exercise:

 

  • Improves posture by strengthening small neck muscles
  • Exercise should be done daily
  • You should feel both a stretch at the base of the skull and the muscles working under the chin
  • Exercise will help develop your neck muscles properly

 

    

 

Shoulder Blade Squeezes

 

Step 1: Sit up straight in a chair, drop your shoulders, and rest your arms at your sides

Step 2: Squeeze your shoulder blades together as hard as you can--it is perfectly normal to look like you are puffing out your chest.

Note: Hold exercise for 5 seconds, then slowly release out of the squeeze. Repeat 10x.

 

Benefits and details of this exercise:

  • Improves posture by strengthening the back muscles (rhomboids)
  • Will feel immediate relief is this is a quick, effective way to feel better at your desk
  • Will help you sit more upright at your desk
  • Exercise should be done daily

 

    

 

Neck Stretches: Levator Scapulae Stretch

 

Step 1: Place hand over and behind your head. Rotate your head 45 degrees toward the hand that was placed behind your head.

Step 2: Pull your head down and backward to one side (as though looking underneath your arm)

Note: Hold the stretch for 15 seconds. Repeat 3 times, then switch to the other side, and repeat three times.

 

Benefits and details of this exercise:

  • Improves posture by deep stretch of the neck
  • Will feel immediate relief as this is a quick, effective way to feel better at your desk
  • Will help you pull your head back over your shoulders over time
  • Exercise should be done daily

 

         

 

After doing these exercises for just five days, you should feel some relief and improved posture. By adding chiropractic treatment to your life, you can expect to take your results to the next level. Our patients, who have committed to the Corporate Athlete treatment, have reported better days at work reduced frequency of headaches, and have noticed an improvement in their postures. Experience the benefits of the Corporate Athlete treatment, and start being more productive at work and at home! Contact us today at 763-450-1755 to learn more about our cutting-edge chiropractic services.