Kyphosis is the excessive convex curvature of the spine and you may find that you suffer from symptoms related to kyphosis.
May people who work in an office find that their upper and mid backs ache after long hours in the office. Throw in family life and lifting children up and you may end up with chronic (long term) back and neck pain.
Symptoms include mid/upper back pain, neck ache, head ache at the base of the skull.
Signs include the head jutting forwards, shoulders forwards of the ears, thumbs rotated inwards.
These stretches will help stretch out tense tissue, which can feel tired after a long day sitting at a desk. Try to hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. If they become too uncomfortable, then come out of the stretch and go back in when your body feels a little more comfortable.
You should feel this release along the length of your spine, under your arm pits and possibly in your shoulders.
As we all work at desks all day, our chest muscles get very tight. This can be seen in both men and women. This stretch works on releasing the pec and shoulder muscles.
The traps are a long line of muscles that start at your neck and reach down to your pelvis. This stretch targets upper traps.
Levator Scapulae Stretch
This is a particularly good stretch for people who perform a lot of rotational movements e.g. cyclists, drivers.
Sports massage can help improve your flexibility and range of movement by efficiently stretching the muscles. This is by far more efficient that you stretching on your own.
Don't over stretch your body, this can lead to a tear or rupture of a muscle.
Before starting an exercise routine, you should seek medical advice if you haven't exercised for some time or have recently had an operation, are pregnant or have recently given birth.