Your COVID Aching Back
HSS physiatrist Andrew Paul Creighton, DO shares exercises for relief from neck pain, back pain, and shoulder aches tied to working from home.
“Most people are sitting for longer periods now more than ever before. That increases the load on their spine and reduces overall balance throughout the body. Standing up and walking around about every 30 minutes can help to unload the spine and alleviate some of the aches and pains tied to working from home,” explained Dr. Creighton.
Dr. Creighton also suggested exercises including the dead bug, elbow to back pockets, and chin tucks.
The dead bug addresses back pain by having you lie on your back and reach up to the ceiling while bringing your feet, knees and hips up towards the chest one leg at a time.
Elbow to back pockets aim to alleviate shoulder and neck pain. Stand up, reach up and bring your elbows down towards the back pockets of your jeans while squeezing the shoulder blades together. Repeat 5 times.
Chin tucks will help with a stiffened neck. Stand feet wide apart and your head straight so that your ears are right over your shoulders. Now stick one finger under your chin and push up and back, holding the position for 5 seconds until you feel the stretch.
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