Working from home all the time, or spending more time at home in general can be a bit of pain – both mentally and physically. Working from the bed, the couch, and/or a makeshift home office can put a strain on your back and neck. I asked my friend, and former roommate at Eckerd College, Dr. Alex Tauberg if he had any advice for folks looking for simple exercises and tips to relive pain.
Here’s a few tips from an expert:
The following should not be considered medical advice and is for educational purposes. You should consult with a physician before performing exercises to ensure they are right for you.
The current lack of activity combined with sitting for long periods of time can lead to feeling stiff, sore, and even cause pain. The solution is to try and stay active and mobile. Activities as simple as going for a walk or doing daily stretches can help you stay out of pain. So with all things considered I would say it’s a good time to get on a regmin to keep your body moving. Here is a quick list of 4 easy to do at home exercises that can help you stay mobile, active, and hopefully pain free.
After you have gotten a hang of 90/90 hip extensions a great add on you can do is the hip opener. With the hip opener you can transition from extension on one side to the other side. With this movement you take both hips fully through internal and external range of motion. As well as through the most common ranges of hip extension and flexion. This add on is a great way to continue to improve the mobility and stability of your hips.
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To combat neck injuries cervical retractions strengthen the seldom used deep neck musculature. The great thing about this exercise is you can do it while in your truck. To perform sit up straight. While keeping your head in an upright position tuck your chin in as much as you can. Hold this position until you feel mild fatigue then release. Perform 3 sets of this exercise in a row.
The hip is a complex joint that relies on both both mobility and stability in order to function properly. Due to the aging process we commonly start of bu losing hip mobility followed by stability. (though that is not always the case) Maintaining both is vital towards maintaining locomotion. In this video I show you 90/90 hip extension which are great for improving both mobility and stability of the hips.
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Lumbar bridges strengthen the main stabilizers of the core and the low back. They can be used to help prevent future injuries as well as to reha past ones. To perform a brіdgе: Lіе on thе ground and bend thе knееѕ, рlасіng thе fееt flаt on thе floor hір-wіdth apart. Prеѕѕ thе fееt into thе floor, kеер your аrmѕ bу your sides. Rаіѕе the buttocks off the ground untіl thе bоdу fоrmѕ a straight lіnе frоm the ѕhоuldеrѕ tо thе knееѕ. Hold this position while engaging your core and buttocks. Hold until fatigue and perform 3 sets in a row.
Staying mobile and active even while in pain will result in you feeling better more quickly. Lack of movement can do the opposite.
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Bird dogs are another great exercise for strengthening the core and low back. The great thing about this exercise is that you are training your body to stabilize while going through a dynamic movement.
To perform properly: Assume the quadruped position (on all fours) and contract your core. While holding this position slowly extend one leg back and the opposite arm forward while keeping your hips level and spine stable. Return to the quadruped position and then repeat with the other arm and leg. Perform 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
McKenzie self assessment for neck pain. Easy to do and can help you find a home exercise that will help. #pittsburgh #chiropractor #rehabilitation #rehab #neckpain #pain #painrelief
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Towel Assisted Cervical Mobilizations
This one is great for loosening up a stiff neck but you don’t want to over do it by rotating to far or pushing too hard. This maneuver is easy to perform and works similar to how an adjustment works. The idea behind the hands on adjustment is to get joints moving better and to loosen up the areas around the joint. This is the same thing that happens with self-mobilization maneuvers. Take a normal sized bath towel and fold it up width wise so that it stays long. Place the towel over the back of your neck. Rotate your head to the right side. Then grab the towel. Right hand grabs the left side of the towel and left hand grabs the right side. Right hand should be over the left. Then pull down on the towel using your left hand . Use your right hand to pull the other side of the towel across the side of your neck/head. Gently use the right hand to increase the amount of rotation you get to the right side. Hold for 10 seconds. Gently let off this position and return to your normally rotated position. Now keep the towel taught but gently rotate your head against the towel. Don’t let the towel or your neck move. Hold this for 10 seconds. Repeat this sequence 3-5 times. Then do it to the left as well.
How to fix sciatica at home I have seen it all over the internet but stretching your hamstring isn't going to fix sciatica. This advice may be on the right track but hamstring stretches usually aggravate not alleviate sciatica. What you want to be doing is stretching the sciatic nerve. Or what we often call sciatic nerve flossing. When you do this you are actually putting less stress on the nerve and the low back but at the same time you are getting the area mobile and desensitising the nerve. In theory you are flossing the nerve between the irritating structures this is what causes the desensitisation. In order to do this you have to do a whole body movement. Sit off the side of a chair. Grab the leg on the side you are going to work on. Practice extending the leg and pointing the toe while you bend your head forward then relax the toe and flex the knee while you bend your head back. Repeat for 20-30 reps at a time. PAin down the leg should reduce not increase.#backpain @sciatica #pain #pittsburgh #chiropractor #stretching #stretches #health #evidencebased #pittsburghchiropractor
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Dr. Alex Tauberg D.C. Spent a decade of his life living in the St. Petersburg area while he went to Eckerd College and the National University of Health Sciences for undergraduate and graduate school. He loves the area dearly and returns often. He is currently a Pittsburgh Chiropractor who serves the Fox Chapel & Oakmont Areas using an evidence based manner to get people out of pain and back to enjoying their active lifestyles.