Psoas Deskinetics

Quick Tip: Ready for some forearm Deskinetics?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics

Quick Tip: Ready for some forearm Deskinetics?

A lot of our Deskinetics videos deal with the upper back and neck, but as many desk workers know, our forearms can also suffer from too much work at the computer. When you’re doing a lot of typing, the muscles in your forearms can become so tight that they start to pinch nerves — causing tingling and numbness in the hands. This week’s Quick Tip is a classic Deskinetics stretch for the fascia around the forearm flexors, one area often related to forearm pain. And this video uses the magic of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) which can be ideal if static stretches...

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Quick Tip: Want some Deskinetics for the suboccipitals?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want some Deskinetics for the suboccipitals?

Did you catch our anatomy lesson on the suboccipital muscles last week? In this week's Deskinetics Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz demonstrates an active isolated stretch for those small muscles at the base of the skull. This is especially important for us desk workers. Many of us spend a lot of time with our heads tipped downwards, causing the suboccipitals to fire all day. This stretch can help bring our heads into healthier alignment with our necks — easing neck and back pain, and preventing further dysfunction. It can also be really helpful for folks with tension headaches. Try it...

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Quick Tip: When was your last Deskinetics check-in?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: When was your last Deskinetics check-in?

We're always excited about Deskinetics — a system to help combat the repetitive stress disorders so common for desk workers. (If you're new to the blog, check out past Deskinetics stretch + exercise videos like the Posterior Kinetic Chain Exercise and the AIS Pec Stretch.) But before we get moving at our desks, it's crucial to set up our workstations functionally. Check out this week's Quick Tip to make sure you have all your angles right. This can save you so much trouble later on! And as usual, if you're in pain from working at a desk, looking to consult, or want...

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Quick Tip: Looking for more balanced shoulder mobility?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Looking for more balanced shoulder mobility?

Last week, we brought you part one of an Active Isolated Stretch for the rotators of the shoulder. This week, we're bringing you part two: a stretch that works with the shoulder in its external rotation to stretch its internal rotators. For those of us with rounded shoulders (deskworkers, drivers, parents lifting heavy toddlers…) this exercise is another great tool to counteract harmful patterns of forward-bending.  Still, to build optimal shoulder stability and balance, it's a good idea to stretch the shoulder's external rotators as well. If you don't have a yoga...

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Quick Tip: Want a four-in-one neck stretch?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want a four-in-one neck stretch?

Do you find that it's hard to look over your shoulder in  traffic (whether driving or cycling) because your neck is stiff? Or have you snaked a wave on your surfboard when you couldn't rotate your neck to check behind you? Tension in our necks can hinder all sorts of important functions, but this week's Quick Tip — an Active Isolated Stretching series — can be a huge help. Check it out as one way to address regular neck stiffness, to combat the headaches and jaw pain neck tension can cause, and to just generally increase your range of motion. Since this series...

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Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Have you been sitting at a desk all day? If so, chances are your pectoralis muscles are over-contracted and pulling you forward. This can lead to neck pain, upper back pain, and all sorts of structural issues. So, stop what you're doing and take a few minutes to try out this old-school deskinetics classic: the Active Isolated Pec Stretch. It will help relax and lengthen those pec muscles and counteract harmful forward-bending patterns. As in all Active Isolated Stretching, try 8-12 passes, go slow, and don't take it all the way to your edge. Check it out, and let us know what you...

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