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Do you sit at a desk all day? Do you have bad posture?

Do you sit at a desk all day? Constantly on the computer? If you answered yes, then it is safe to say that you are suffering from some serious neck and back pain. This pain is not to be ignored.

The thoracic spine runs from the base of the neck to the abdomen. It plays a huge role in your posture as well. There are many causes for thoracic back pain, such as injuries, however sitting for long periods of time can cause inflammation. Like most Americans, we sit all day long. We stare at a computer, answer phones and so on.

This inflammation over time can lead to some sever neck and back pain, making every day activities and movements painful. It is important that you stretch and exercise to alleviate tightness and tension from building. It is also important that during the course of your 8-10 hour work day you are getting up and stretching and moving.

Yoga is a great form of exercise and stretching that can help alleviate tightness. Yoga positions like the cat/cow combination will help. Massage with a ball or foam roller is another great way to release tension.

Side stretches to the right and left during the day will help stretch the muscles around your thoracic spine. Do these periodically throughout the day. Try standing in a door way and put your arms on either side and then lunge forward and pull you shoulder blades back. Hold for a few seconds and repeat.

Sit in a Chair and place your hand on the outer side of the opposite knee. With the other hand, grab onto the back of the chair. rotate to one side and look behind you performing a spinal rotation to that side …hold and repeat at least 20x then perform on the opposite side.

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