How to combat computer neck?

Do you suffer from computer neck? Are you hunched forward from your job or are you on your computer Googling too much information for your latest project? Are you sedentary – meaning the wheels on your rolling chair get more exercise than you do? Do you feel stiff and like you need to unfold your body from sitting and like the chair is another extension of your body? Do you answer to Kwazimoto?

Well, computer neck or forward posture is not a funny matter even though I joke; it is painful and can cause serious health issues if not treated. It can come from any number of jobs, or tasks we do in or outside of work. Society as a whole is more sedentary and in front of some sort of a screen, whether it is TV, the computer, Ipad or video game. We don’t spend much time upright and mobile. Typically people get up, sit for breakfast, sit in the car going to work, sit all day for work and go sit somewhere else for a break, then sit in the car and go through the drive through to go home and sit and eat…then exhausted from their sedentary day, say I deserve to relax and sit on the couch and watch the Biggest Loser melt off 10 pounds while you polish off your fast food and head to the frig for some ice cream because you worked hard today. They think…”Maybe I’ll take a walk tomorrow…as the TV lulls them into another

episode of Real Housewives or a another football game…”

If this is you, and you suffer from headaches; stress or fatigue; a hard time sleeping; burning in the mid-back, tension in the upper traps and neck; have forward rolled shoulders; sleeping fingers or the start of carpel tunnel, elbow pain or tendonitis and your head arrives in the room before you do… please watch my video on a few stretches and exercises that you can do virtually anywhere and with little to know equipment to work on reducing the computer neck symptoms and improve your posture.



About Janelle Baldwin

Janelle Baldwin is a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and lead fitness trainer for Agnesian HealthCare’s on-site fitness center, called the ZONE. She is a certified weight trainer (CWT), a strength and conditioning specialist (STS) and a certified strength and conditioning instructor (CSCI). Her 15 years of professional experience ranges from home care and work hardening/conditioning with the Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center for many years to her role as a certified personal trainer; teaching fitness classes for which she is trained and certified for and maintaining the on-site fitness facility.

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