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2 Table of Contents Stretching...1 Overview...1 Be Careful!...1 Make a Plan!...1 Neck Stretches...1 Chin to Ceiling...1 Chin to Chest...1 Turn Your Head...1 Tilt Your Head...2 Arm Stretches...2 Straight Arm Stretch...2 Top of Back...2 Wrist Stretches...2 Pull/Push...2 Rotation...2 Shoulder Stretches...3 Shoulder Roll...3 Shoulder Rotation...3 Elbow Cross...3 Chest Stretches...3 Overhead Reach...3 Torso Twist...3 Elbows Back...4 Back Stretch...4 Cross and Twist...4 Lower Body Stretches...4 Seated Knee...4 Seated Hamstring...4 Standing Quadriceps...4 Finger Stretch...5 Open and Close...5 Wrap Up...5 Stretching Plan...6

3 Stretching This guide will walk you through a series of stretching exercises that will help you avoid some of the aches and pains associated with working at a desk all day. Learn how to properly perform these beneficial stretches, practice each one, and make sure to incorporate the stretches you need into your own personalized stretching plan. (Refer to the sample plan at the end of this document.) Overview Stretching can help reduce physical and mental tension and prevent the symptoms of cumulative trauma disorder (CTD). The following stretches are great for your neck, fingers, lower body, and everything else in between. Of course, if you have any kind of health issue that precludes you from doing any of these stretches, talk to your health care provider first. Be Careful! Follow these basic guidelines for stretching so you can avoid causing yourself any pain: Stretch to a point of slight tension. Stretch slowly; don t bounce. Maintain control of each stretch. Breathe normally throughout each stretch. Stretch within your own limits stretching should not be painful. These basic guidelines are just that guidelines. Remember, we are all different. Just do your best and stop before it gets to be a problem. Neck Stretches Here are a series of neck stretches for you all of which can be done in your chair. Chin to Ceiling For the chin to ceiling stretch, slowly tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling. Stop when you feel a stretch in the front muscles of your neck. Hold that stretch for a count of 10. Then, slowly return your head to its normal position. Chin to Chest The chin to chest stretch is great for loosening up the neck as well as the shoulders. Face straight ahead. Keep your back straight and pull your chin toward your chest until you feel a stretch along the back of your neck. Hold that one for 10 to 15 seconds, then relax, return to your starting position, and repeat it once more. Turn Your Head Turn your head is a simple yet effective stretch! Slowly turn your head and look over your left shoulder. Stop when you feel a stretch in the muscles on the right side of your neck and hold it for a count of 10. Then go ahead and repeat these steps in the opposite direction. Make a Plan! DOE wants you to stretch regularly during the day. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you stretch every 20 to 30 minutes during the day. Listen to your body, and stretch the part of the body that is feeling some tightness. 1

4 Tilt Your Head To properly execute the tilt your head stretch, sit up straight on a chair and place your palms under your buttocks to prevent you from raising your shoulders. Slightly drop your ear down to one shoulder -- keep your chin forward while you re doing it. Hold that stretch for 10 seconds and then switch sides. Alternate once more, lifting your chest up and taking deep breaths into the tightest area as you stretch for an added bonus. Arm Stretches You use your arms a lot during the day, particularly if you are working on the computer. These arm stretches are done in your chair or standing. This first one is good for both the forearm and biceps. Straight Arm Stretch For the straight arm stretch, press your hands away from your body and turn your palms facing out. Then straighten your arms in front of you and hold them in that position for 15 seconds. Then relax for a few moments and repeat. Top of Back Another way to stretch your arms is to reach one arm behind your head and place your hand on your upper back. Make sure you keep your arm close to your ear. Gently hold your elbow with your opposite hand. Pull your elbow toward the back of your head and reach your hand toward the middle of your back until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold that stretch for 15 seconds, then relax, and repeat the stretch on the other side. Wrist Stretches The wrists can take a beating, especially with typing and moving input devices. Here are a few exercises to loosen the wrists up. Pull/Push For the pull/push stretch, hold your left arm in front of you, parallel to the ground, palm facing up. Put your right hand on top of the left palm and use it to pull the left hand down until you feel a stretch on the top of the wrist. Hold that for about 5 seconds. Then return your left hand to parallel. Put the fingers of your right hand under the left hand and pull the left hand back until you feel a stretch on the bottom of the wrists. Hold that stretch for about 5 seconds. Repeat that sequence 3 to 5 times. Then switch your hands so you are stretching the right wrist. Rotation This rotation exercise stretches the wrist extensors and flexors. Make your right hand into a loose fist and extend your arm. Put your left hand under your right elbow for a little support. Rotate your wrist as far left as you can comfortably go and hold it for 5 seconds. Then rotate your wrist as far right as comfortably possible. Hold that for 5 seconds. Then redo the whole sequence 4 more times. Change your position so your right hand is supporting the left arm and repeat the twists 5 times on the left wrist. 2

5 Shoulder Stretches Many people spend a good part of the day hunched over the keyboard and paperwork and their shoulders get achy. Here are a couple stretches that ease any tension in your shoulders. Shoulder Roll For the shoulder roll, slowly bring your shoulders up toward your ears and hold that position for 3 seconds. Roll your shoulders back and down. Relax and repeat that process 5 to 10 times. Shoulder Rotation To exercise your shoulder rotation muscles, place the tips of your fingers on your shoulders with the elbows pointing away from the body and in line with your shoulders. Rotate your shoulders so your elbows are pointing forward and hold that position for 3 seconds. Rotate your shoulders back and hold that position for 3 seconds. Then repeat that process 5 to 10 times. Elbow Cross The elbow cross stretching exercise loosens the back of your shoulder muscles. Start out by facing straight ahead. Place your right hand on your left shoulder. Cross your left arm over your right arm so you can hold your right elbow. Gently pull the elbow so your upper body turns slightly. Hold that for 3 to 5 seconds. Then change your arms so the left hand is on the right shoulder and the right hand is pulling the left elbow. Hold that for 3 to 5 seconds. Then repeat it 3 to 5 times. Feels good, doesn t it? Chest Stretches Spending the day at a desk job can affect chest muscles too. These stretches can loosen that area up. Overhead Reach For the overhead reach, sit up straight in the chair. Reach your arms straight up towards the ceiling, arching your back a bit. Hold that for 5 seconds. Then lower your arms. Repeat that stretch 5 to 10 times. Torso Twist To try a torso twist, sit up straight in the chair. Cross your arms in front of you and twist to your left and hold for 5 seconds. Return to your starting position, put your arms at your side and slightly arch your back so you can feel your chest muscles stretching and hold it for 5 seconds. Return to sitting straight up, cross your arms again, and twist to the right, holding the twist for about 5 seconds. Return to center and repeat the stretch where you arch your back. Repeat the entire sequence 5 times. 3

6 Elbows Back Lace your fingers together behind your head and bring your elbows back as far as possible. Take a deep breath and lean back until you feel your muscles stretching and hold it for 20 seconds if you can. Exhale, relax for a few seconds. Then repeat the exercise again. Back Stretch How many times have you left the office and said, My back is killing me! Try the Cross and Twist stretch and see if it helps. Cross and Twist Start out by sitting forward in your chair so there s a little room between your back and the chair back. Face forward and cross your right leg over your left. Next, put your left hand on your right knee, and gently pull toward your left side while you SLOWLY turn your head and shoulders to the right. Keep turning until you see the wall behind your right shoulder if you can. Don t force the turn just twist until you feel a nice stretch in your back. Hold that for 8 to 10 seconds, then relax a few seconds and repeat the stretch on the other side. Lower Body Stretches Seated Knee Bring one of your knees toward your chest. Use your hands to grab the back of your thigh and gently pull it toward you. Keep your back straight and be careful not to lean forward. You should feel tension in your lower back and the upper part of your buttock. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then relax and return to the starting position and repeat the stretch with your other leg. Seated Hamstring To try the seated hamstring stretch, position yourself on the edge of your chair and straighten out one of your legs in front of you, resting your heel on the floor. Bend forward at your hip until you feel a stretching sensation at the back of your thigh. Be sure to keep your back straight. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then relax and return to the starting position and repeat the stretch with your other leg. Standing Quadriceps Stand with your back to your chair, approximately 6 to 8 inches away. Bend one knee and place top of your foot on the seat of the chair. Tighten your buttocks and gently move your hips forward until you feel a slight stretch in the front of your thigh. Hold it for 15 to 30 seconds. Then repeat the stretch on other side. 4

7 Finger Stretch Typing and using input devices means you re using your fingers a lot. This stretch will help you keep them loose and relaxed. Open and Close Separate, straighten, and stretch your fingers, making sure you keep your hand in alignment with your wrist. Hold it for 10 seconds. Bend your end and middle knuckles of your fingers, keeping your hand and wrist in the same position. Hold that for 10 seconds, relax, and then repeat it as many times as necessary. Wrap Up So how were those stretches? Did they make you feel good? Remember, DOE encourages you to do whichever stretches you need during the course of your day. Make a plan. Keep track of how many of these stretches you actually do every day and see how you feel when the work day is done. If any part of your body still feels tight, think about adding a few more stretches or repetitions for that body part. Make a stretching plan, stick to it, and you ll be feeling great at the end of the day! 5

8 Stretching Plan TIME STRETCH 8:30 Chin to ceiling, Chin to chest 9:00 Turn your head, Tilt your head, Shoulder roll 9:30 Torso twist, Wrist rotation, Cross and twist 10:00 Open and close fingers, Seated quad stretch 10:30 Chin to ceiling, Chin to chest 11:00 Turn your head, Tilt your head, Shoulder roll 11:30 Open and close fingers, Overhead reach, Elbows back LUNCH WALK! 1:00 Chin to ceiling, Chin to chest, Turn your head, Tilt your head 1:30 Torso twist, Wrist rotation, Wrist pull/push 2:00 Elbow cross, Open and close fingers 2:30 Cross and twist, Top of back, Seated knee to chest 3:00 Shoulder roll, Shoulder rotation, Seated hamstring 3:30 Turn your head, Tilt your head, Open and close fingers 4:00 Torso twist, Elbow cross 4:30 Cross and twist, Open and close fingers 6

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