Daily life has seen plenty of changes due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the pain many are feeling may be the result of poor posture. Since the closing of countless businesses, schools and workplaces, many people have begun working at home. As many workers spend most of their day at a home computer, their natural inclination is to hunch over. Experts suggest that poor posture results in an increase in shoulder and back pain, which has been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders and working from home.
Regular and effective stretching can be the solution to poor posture and the aches and pains that come with it. Having a licensed flexologist stretch the shoulders and neck, pulls the muscles back to their natural positions — where they were before hours, weeks and months of hunching over. Effective stretching also targets the upper and lower back, fighting the tension there and maintaining a straight spine.
“People are being woken up in the middle of the night with achy backs and shoulders,” says Ashley Gondi, owner of StretchLab in Greenville. “A lot of that is because of their posture, and the stress of the pandemic doesn’t help either.” Gondi estimates that 75% of adults carry stress in their shoulders, which can be relieved by effective stretching.
In addition to posture and stress relief, stretching can improve that lethargic feeling many experience while working at home. By removing toxins that settle in joints and muscles, stretching can provide the same energy as exercise. It also improves blood circulation, increasing the amount of blood getting to the brain and providing energy.
“Sitting can have extreme negative effects on your body,” says Gondi. “Stretching can have nearly the same benefit for muscles and joints as exercise can. At StretchLab, it’s basically someone doing yoga for you.”