Being glued to your desk or computer all day takes its toll on your stiff neck, aching back and numb wrist. Try incorporating stretching into your routine and alleviate, or even prevent, the pain:
1. Take mini-breaks every 30 minutes. This is the most important thing that you can do. It may sound frequent, but you don’t need to leave your desk. Just stand and roll your shoulders a few times. Why? Holding the same posture for hours and repeating the same movements strain muscles and lead to tension.
2. Hold a “walking meeting” with colleagues or managers instead of sitting in an office.
3. Spring for a hands-free headset and stand at your desk during phone calls so you can keep your neck and back relaxed. Cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear is often the cause of a stiff neck.
4. Neutralize your mouse-clicking wrist. Fact: Computer users move or click the mouse up to seven times more than their fingers make keystrokes. Try placing a gel pad under your palm to keep your wrist in a neutral position. If you rest your wrist on it, you’re doing more damage than good.