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Corporate Health -Stretches for the Hip Flexors

Corporate lifestyle = many hours in seated position, this causes many muscles to shorten/stiffen up, causing postural problems and often pain. Stretching is an easy method of self care that you can do to assist in relieving muscle shortening and discomfort.  Previously in this blog I have shown stretches for the upper body and how to safely execute them. This stretch is focused further down the body, we are looking at the hip flexors. These muscles are located deep, attaching to the spine, pelvis and thigh bones. Often when they are tight they can send an achey pain into the lower back and or thigh. If you have any joint conditions or major concerns get a doctors clearance to confirm that you are safe to proceed with these stretches. All stretching should be done slowly, deliberately into and out of the stretch, holding the stretch for at least 10 seconds.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a hip, back or knee injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

 

  • This stretch is performed in a lunge position. The target hip will be the side that has the leg down the other side will be holding most of your weight and shifting your body weight until a desired stretch is achieved. To assist you can allow one knee to touch the ground or you can hover it off the ground (starting position-picture on the left).
  • Use a stable support for balance such as a wall.
  • Inhale, on the exhale while gently lunging further forward, bending the front leg, ensure to maintain a straight spine/natural curves. Do not push forward in the low back, this may lead to injury, avoid doing the stretch if you can not achieve the stretch without arching/pushing your back forward.
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds.(stretch picture on the right)
  • Focus on breathing while stretching.
  • Gently push back out of the stretch and repeat 3-5 times.
  • Repeat the whole process on the other side.

The demonstration supplied is an example however if you have greater flexibility your back leg may be quite a bit further back, avoid bending the front knee more than 90deg, to reduce stressors on the knee. If you have less flexibility you may find that you can not start with your target leg knee straight down and you may feel a stretch before the the hip is straight.

There is a degree of difficulty in this stretch, always ensure that you are only working to your capabilities and if in doubt obtain a medical clearance before you proceed. This blog does not intend to replace any exercise specialist advice if so required we suggest that you seek professional assistance.

Massage can be another effective treatment for tight hip flexors and may offer relief. These muscles have a powerful effect on our posture, to have them released can make a big difference to and individuals posture.

To view the Trapezius stretch  Click here

To view the Chest stretches  Click here

To view the Forearm stretches Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches Click here

Happy stretching!

Stretching is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

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Speed up your recovery from exercise!

Training changes such as but certainly not limited to: frequency, distance, new or old shoes, intensity, change of exercise type and variation of surface, all need to be considered in calculating your recovery time. Changes that lead to an increase of stress on the body, may mean you need to adjust training schedule and nutritional intake, to allow the body enough time to recover and repair between workouts.

Other life stressors can also influence your recovery such as: a new job, less sleep, new baby etc.

This Blog is not to replace you seeking specific personal professional advice, it is a guide only. These tips are by no means everything you need to know about exercise. For a beginner commencing an exercise regime please seek personalised professional advise for your situation. My aim is to share some tips I have picked up along the way. I’m hoping to help educate people that there is much more to consider, when going for a run, than just throwing on a pair of sneakers and hitting the pavement. Many people go on their Health Kicks or New Years Resolution’s without any preparation. As the saying goes “Failing to plan, is planning to FAIL”. Once you sustain an injury the damage is done, let’s try to prevent them, as well as help you feel better post work out and keeping you on track to achieving your goals. If you are unsure of how to do any of the listed points, feel free to get in touch with me, within my capacity I can assist or point you in the appropriate direction. Click here

Speed up your workout recovery

Speed up your workout recovery

Here are some easy things you can do so you are not so stiff and sore post work out.

  1. Warm up – I’m sure you have been told “don’t forget to warm up” but I find most people still don’t do it. If you understand a little of why then you might actually do it! Here’s why – Stiff or cold muscles suddenly thrust into vigorous exercise will suffer more microscopic muscle tears than they would if eased into a gradual build up of intensity. For the competitive reader, better blood flow will enhance performance, sound good? Then you know what to do.
  2. Stretch – You can do some gentle stretching before your activity, avoid intense or deep stretches as you don’t want to weaken the muscles or cause micro tears just prior to exerting full effort. For specific stretching guides explore this blog as I have posted and will be posting more descriptions on certain stretches and how to do them safely.
  3. Workout – Enjoy your activity and ensure that you are playing or training at the appropriate level for you.
  4. Cool down – Let’s get straight to the why?- it allows your body, particularly your heart time to adjust to your slower pace. This will give the heart and muscles time to realise the blood needs to flow slower, helping to avoid that light headed feeling or worse fainting.
  5. Stretch – To undo the tension build up from the workout ensure you always stretch as the final part of the cool down process. Focus firstly on the main muscles used the activity.
  6. Massage – Will help to passively release tension at a deeper level than stretching. It will enhance blood flow circulating nutrients to your muscles quicker hence speeding up the recovery. For enquiries on Body and Mindset Wellness Mobile and Corporate Massage service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Click here.

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

  7. Nutrients – Adequate nutrients with a well balanced diet will assist in the recovery from exercise as well as aid in optimal performance.
  8. Hydration – Staying well hydrated is essential as we are made up of 50-65% water, when you start to feel thirsty that is a sign you are already dehydrated. Ensure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, more when exercising or sweating large amounts.
  9. Electrolytes – Sweat will cause you to lose electrolytes, it is especially important when there has been sustained sweating for quite a long period of time to consume extra electrolytes.  We can get some from our food, depending on the food choice. It’s not always necessary to add extra to your diet however for distance events, especially in sun exposure, you require water replacement as well as electrolytes. Be mindful of the electrolyte replacements that you select as some may have quite a lot of sugar in them. Here is a link to an article on coconut water and it’s ability to act as a natural sports drink. I’m not saying its the only option but it’s a great option
    Natural electrolyte replacement

    Natural electrolyte replacement

    http://huffinesinstitute.org/resources/articles/articletype/articleview/articleid/446/natures-gatorade-effectiveness-of-coconut-water-on-electrolyte-and-carbohydrate-replacement

  10. Active recovery – Being active on the days after your workout, even if it’s a walk or some simple stretches, will help promote blood flow and speed up the recovery process.

I hope this has given you something to think about and may help you on the road to your success, happy training.

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Easy Upper Back Stretch

Easy Upper Back stretches

In conjunction with the chest stretches this stretch is wonderful to help relieve pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting  stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch

  • Sit up right, tall in your chair, with feet flat on the floor
  • Interlace your fingers with your arms out in front of you
Starting position for the Rhomboids (between the shoulder blades)

Starting position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius (between the shoulder blades)

  • Inhale, then on the exhale gently push your hands forward and away from you
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds
  • Focus on breathing while stretching
Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

*Ensure you keep your head up. If you find it difficult to feel the stretch, you may use a fixed pole to link your hands around and pull back gently to feel the stretch. Ensure you keep your feet in a wide stance to support your body weight and control the resistance level of the stretch.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

Happy stretching!

This is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

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Shoulder Stretches

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

The Rotator Cuff muscles are a group of four small muscles that work constantly to protect the shoulder joint. These muscles assist with rotational movements of the arm. Today’s stretches will target three of the four Rotator Cuff, Deltoids and Rhomboids. Depending on your particular muscle tightness this will influence which area you feel the muscle stretch. The rotator cuff muscles often have excessive tension from working at a computer however there are many factors that can lead to tension in these muscles.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

  • Teres Major and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing backwards (forearm vertical)
Start position for stretching the Teres major

Starting position for stretching the Teres major

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch.
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Rotator Cuff and back of the shoulder stretches

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

  • Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing down or back toward you (forearm horizontal)
Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder, slightly different to the previous stretch, or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Finish position for Infraspinatus, Teres major stretch

Gently pull the arm across the body to stretch Infraspinatus, Teres major

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

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Office Physical Stress Relief – Forearm Stretches

Todays stretches are for the forearms.

Long hours sitting at a computer can cause these muscles to get very tight leading to wrist, hand and elbow problems or pain. It is a great idea for anyone who spends time using a computer to implement stretches regularly, rather than suffering from the discomfort of the overuse injury that often can occur.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a injury, particularly shoulder, wrist or elbow, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Forearm Flexors

  • Sit up right, feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a bent elbow and palm forward (see picture).

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, including fingers and thumb.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position or moving into the stretch.
  • Gently pulling back on the fingers while straightening the arm to feel a nice comfortable stretch. You may find simply straightening the arm gives all the stretch you need, with out pulling the back much on the fingers.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.

* People will have the varied ranges of movement, please do not attempt to get your hand beyond a comfortable stretch, the photos are to guide you only.

The end position for the forearm flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The end position for the Forearm Flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The other side of the forearms are our extensor muscles, below is how to stretch them.

Forearm Extensors

  • Sit up right, place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a straight elbow and palm backward (see picture)
  • Tuck your thumb in and curl your fingers around to make a fist .
Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, securing fingers and thumb in the fist.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position and while stretching.
  • Gently pulling back on the fist to feel a nice comfortable stretch, the stretch may be around the wrist or further up the arm. You may only require a small movement to feel the stretch, without pulling the back very far on the fist.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.
Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Enjoy your stretching

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Chest stretching for the corporate environment

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

Chest and front of shoulder stretch

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lean forward

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lunge forward

You can stretch you chest many different ways. Above pictured is a quick and easy technique using a door jamb or wall as your resistance points. Simply place your arm up, forearm flat and pressing against the wall/door jamb, keeping the shoulders at a normal height. Ideally with a 90 deg angle at both the elbow and shoulder joints.  Once in position take a deep breath and gently step forward, putting most of your weight onto the forward leg, slightly lunge into the stretch. Stopping when a comfortable but effective stretch, across the chest, is being felt. Hold the stretch for a minimum of 10 seconds, keep taking full breaths throughout the stretch. Repeat as required always moving into and out of stretches slowly and safely – push out of the stretch with your lunging leg. The pictures provided are single arm however a door jamb is great for doing both arms at the same time. It is important to remember to lunge into and out of the stretch rather than leaning, as leaning can lead to injury.

Start position for postural reset

Start position for postural reset

Another option for chest and shoulder stretching is whilst still sitting in your chair check your posture and sit up tall. put both arms by your sides with the elbows bent at 90 deg. Inhale a deep breath and slowly rotate your arms outward while keeping the upper arms by your side. you should feel the shoulder blades squeeze together at the back and a gentle stretch across the chest.

*please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

You may be pleasantly surprised how much tension relief you can get from applying these stretches. Happy stretching and enjoy.

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or click here.

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