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Stretching exercise series: Episode 2 – Corner or doorway stretch

According to the Mayo Clinic, most Americans spend an average of 6 or more hours sitting each day. This includes sitting at the office in front of computers or while relaxing in front of the TV at home.

Last month, we posted the first blog of our new 6-part blog series intended to help you combat the aches and pains that can come from leaning in toward a computer for hours at a time. These stretches can be performed from the comfort of your own home or at the office.

As always, please check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

The first set of stretches are focused on helping your neck and upper extremities. This week’s stretch is the corner or doorway stretch.

stetching exercises corner-doorway 1

Step 1: Stand in an open doorway or face the corner in a wall. Find a spot where you can put your both your elbows and forearms. Next, slide your forearms up on the doorframe or wall until your shoulders and torso make a 90 degree angle.

strecing exercises corner-doorway 2
Step 2: Gently walk through the doorway or lean into the corner. Do this until a moderate stretch is felt in the front of both arms, the chest and shoulders.

“This stretch reduces rounded or forward shoulder posture and prevents chest tightness that may induce shoulder and neck pain,” said Adam Diver, a physical therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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