The Brügger’s Stretch for Desk Workers

The Brügger's Stretch for Desk Workers

The Brügger’s Stretch for Desk Workers

Do you sit at work all day for your job?

If so, you’re part of the 86% of American workers who are sitting up to 13 hours a day.

At the same time, we know that human bodies were designed for the near-constant activity of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and there was nothing equivalent to the sedentary existence we now live. Our bodies definitely suffer when existing almost entirely in a seated position.

On top of that, desk workers often develop poor posture, with gravity pulling them into a forward slump. This puts a strain on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia that, over time, can cause repetitive stress injury and chronic pain.

Before you throw your desk-based career out the window, consider taking some easy steps to give your body what it needs!

Whether you’re working from home or in an office, your first step is to evaluate your workspace to ensure that your body position is correct. Check out our blog post on working safely from home, which talks about how to set up an ergonomic workspace and includes a diagram of the ideal set-up.

Next, consider taking mini-breaks and doing a stretch that was designed to counteract the effects of long-term sitting.

The “Brügger’s stretch” was developed by Swiss neurologist Alois Brügger (the spelling of his name varies), who studied the pain caused by bad posture.

Essentially, you’re going to give your body some much-needed balance.

You can do this stretch either sitting or standing.

Brügger’s Stretch for Desk Workers Example

Here are instructions for both:

Brügger’s Postural Relief Stretch: Sitting

Sit on the edge of your seat and tilt your pelvis forward.

Spread your legs to 45 degrees with your feet turned out slightly.

Imagine a piece of string is attached to the top of your head and someone is lifting you up. Your chin is tucked in, your neck is long, and your shoulders are relaxed.

Fully straighten both arms to the sides. Keep your shoulders down and imagine your shoulder blades are pushing together and down into a V.

Externally rotate your arms so your palms are facing up and your thumbs are turned out. Separate your fingers.

Take long, deep, relaxing breaths.

Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times per hour.

 

Brügger’s Postural Relief Stretch: Standing

Stand with legs slightly apart, your feet in line with your hips.

Find a neutral pelvic position–neither arching your back nor tucking your tail under.

Imagine a piece of string is attached to the top of your head and someone is lifting you up. Your chin is tucked in, your neck is long, and your shoulders are relaxed.

Fully straighten both arms to the sides. Keep your shoulders down and imagine your shoulder blades are pushing together and down into a V.

Externally rotate your arms so your palms are facing up and your thumbs are turned out. Separate your fingers.

Take long, deep, relaxing breaths.

Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times per hour.

You’ll do your body a great favor if you integrate this stretch into your daily routine, along with as much exercise as you can fit into your schedule!

Consider setting up an appointment with Dr. David Nygaard to talk about other ways to prevent injury and ensure your ongoing health.

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