Long hours at a desk can promote postural-related discomfort and muscle stiffness. Sitting in front of a computer for nearly 8 hours a day over a full work week can leave muscles and joints feeling tense and stiff. Areas of accumulated tension due to sitting in a chair commonly include the low back, hamstrings, hip flexors/quadriceps, lower back and shoulder complex. This is in part due to the “rounding” of the posterior chain including a flexed hip and knee with slumped shoulders or forward leaning.
Trainers may find use in recommending the following massage activities to help clients who deal with musculoskeletal discomfort during the workday. These techniques can be easily implemented to help improve subjective well-being, and in turn productivity.