If you’ve never worked from home before, the transition can be challenging. Unless you have a comfortable home office (or even better, a standing desk), you may find yourself slouching over your computer from your couch or bed, which can cause neck, shoulder, and back pain. One thing that can help? Good, old-fashioned stretching. Oregon-based chiropractor Chris Cooper, who goes by @cascade.chiro on TikTok, shared a video with a very simple 15-second stretch to help improve your posture, no matter your circumstances.
While sitting down, hold your palms out in front of you and turn them face up. Swing your arms out to your sides. Roll your shoulders back so your shoulder blades are pressed together, then drop them as you continue squeezing. Pull your head back so you feel like you’re giving yourself a double chin, and hold this position for 15 seconds.
You should be able to feel your muscles contracting, and when you release, you’ll feel some of the tension fall away. If you find yourself fighting tension in other muscle groups, take some time to stretch everything out — these exercises can help.