Posts Tagged "deskinetics"

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: 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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Quick Tip: Will you fight deskworker syndrome today?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Will you fight deskworker syndrome today?

These days, many of us spend more time at a desk than we'd like. And those of us without desk jobs still find ourselves walking down the street, heads bent over our cell phones. As you know, these habits take a toll on our bodies, sometimes leading to upper crossed syndrome, back pain, or a host of other issues. For a long time, we've offered bodywork and quick tips to prevent these harmful patterns — and to treat them when they occur. But lots of us still need friendly, consistent reminders to consider our desk ergonomics, and to break up our work day with short stretch...

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