Doctor reviewing scans on a computer

Healthy Back & Chest

Common problem areas from excessive computer usage are tight upper back and chest muscles.  We spend most of the day hunched forward, which causes our chest to cave in and our back muscles to become tight.  If left untreated, our posture can become compromised and we can develop chronic back, neck and shoulder issues. 

Therefore, it is essential to stretch and strengthen your body at home or the office, even if it is for a couple of seconds.  Try the stretches below to strengthen your body and improve your range of motion.

Chest Opener

Sit up tall in your chair and place your hands on your ears.  Take a deep breath and pull your elbows apart while simultaneously squeezing your shoulder blades together.  Hold for 15 to 20 seconds.

Cropped Chest opener

Back Opener

Sit up tall in your chair and interlace your fingers.  Take a deep breath and push your palms away from your body.  Round your spine and pull your shoulder blades apart.   Hold for 15 to 20 seconds.

Perform both the chest and back opener throughout your day to help reduce pain and improve mobility!

Cropped Back opener