Get a Good Stretch for Muscular Relief

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As a writer, I admit my posture isn’t always the best. While my chair is fairly ergonomic, I have an odd habit of assuming a variety of bizarre sitting positions, and I know for a fact that my muscles and joints don’t appreciate it. If you’re like me, you’d do well to learn a few particular stretches to alleviate those funky posture muscle pains. It wouldn’t hurt to do a few of these at the end of a work day if you’ve been sitting for a while.

If you’re sitting at a desk, chances are good that your neck is a bit stiff. To loosen and sooth your neck, slowly pull your head down sideways, away from the part where it aches the most, down to your shoulder. This’ll help get the blood flowing and sooth any cramps that have taken up residence. While you’re working the upper stories, your shoulders could probably do with a load off. Try clasping your hands behind your lower back and raising them as high as possible while still standing up straight.

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Of course, if you’re sitting down all day, then your lower body probably needs attention more than your upper body. You can work the area around your pelvis and lower back by laying on the ground, putting your knees up into the air, and drawing them in wide toward your armpits. This is also good for relieving menstrual cramps. On the flip side, if you’ve been standing all day, your feet are probably killing you. You can sooth your feet by walking on your tip toes for around 30 seconds. It sounds simple, but it’s a great way to get blood into your lower extremities.