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HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 501: SHOULDER ROLLS

Sitting immobilized for extended time periods often deactivates our back muscles even if we have good ergonomic chairs. Reduce discomfort when you do SHOULDER ROLLS.*

HOW TO DO SHOULDER ROLLS:

Sit or stand comfortably erect. Slowly roll your shoulders forward in large circles for 3 or 4 times. Then reverse. Make sure you breathe comfortably and maintain relaxation in your whole body.

Explore and play with different ways to perform shoulder rolls (e.g., rotate one shoulder more quickly than the other or rotate shoulders in opposite directions).

Keep breathing while rotating your shoulders.

Do this in your office, before meetings, on the bus or BART, or when sitting in your car during rush-hour traffic.

*We thank Bernie Tano and Occupational Health and Safety for healthy back
exercises.

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies and Human Resources sponsor the distribution of Healthy Computing Email Tips. Copyright 2009 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney. Permission to copy and distribute Healthy Computing Email Tips for personal use is granted. Distribution or copying of Healthy Computing Email Tips for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent of the copyright holders.
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