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Sitting hunched over a desk and computer for hours will lead to a stiff neck and shoulders, a sore lower back and tight hips.

Throw in some office yoga to help refresh the body and mind, try these stretches at least 1x every 2 hours during your work day.

Wrist Stretches

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Wrist Extension Stretch

  • Gently pull your fingers backwards (as shown) until you feel a stretch along the bottom of your arm and through your wrist.
  • Gently twist the wrist outwards and inwards to find more tension ready to be released.

Wrist Flexion Stretch

  • Bend your hand down towards the floor and grasp your fingers with the opposite hand and gently pull your fingers and wrist back towards the arm.
  • Gently twist the wrist outwards and inwards to find more tension ready to be released

Seated Cat/Cow

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  • Sit with feet flat on the floor
  • Place your feet and knees to hip width's distance apart
  • Place your hands on your knees
  • Inhale (cow): Sit tall, look up towards the ceiling, lift chest towards ceiling, open your stomach to the front wall, lift tail bone
  • Exhale (cat): Round the spine, drop the head, tuck the tail bone
  • Repeat 5 -20 cycles

Seated Spinal Twist

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  • Sit with feet flat on the floor
  • Place your feet and knees to hip width's distance apart
  • Inhale and reach your arms over your head
  • Exhale and twist to the left
  • Set your left hand on the chair behind you
  • Set your right hand on your knee
  • Hold for 5-20 breaths
  • Repeat on the other side

Side Stretch

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  • Sit with feet flat on the floor
  • Place your feet and knees to hip width's distance apart
  • Place your hands on your knees
  • Reach your right arm up towards the ceiling
  • Reach right arm to left side wall
  • Breathe into rib cage and the space between the top of the hip and the bottom of your ribs
  • Hold for 5-20 breaths
  • Repeat on other side

Seated Pigeon

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  • Sit with feet flat on the floor
  • Place your feet and knees to hip width's distance apart
  • Cross your right ankle over your left knee
  • Sit tall and apply a gently pressure to the right knee (do not force)
  • Hold 5 -20 breaths
  • Repeat on other side

Seated Hamstring Stretch

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  • Sit with one leg extended and your back straight.
  • Keep the opposite leg bent, rest hands against your mid-thigh.
  • Hinge at the waist, towards the straight leg
  • Keep your knee, neck, and back straight.
  • Feel the stretch in the back of your thigh.
  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 2 times.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Eagle Arms

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  • This opens up the space between the scapulae and the musculature of your upper back.
  • With straight arms, cross the left arm over the right.
  • Bend your elbows and wrap your right palm around so that it meets your left palm.
  • Lift the elbows to the height of your shoulders while keeping the shoulders sliding down away from your ears.
  • Keep your spine perpendicular to the floor and the crown of the head rising.
  • Hold 5-10 breaths.
  • Practice on both sides.

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I was diagnosed with vaginismus 4 years ago. I never heard of such medical condition until after I got married. At first my husband and I didn't know what to do, we didn't know what the issues were or how to overcome it. Being born and raised in Armenia and being Christian I wasn't that open about talking to sex with others and so it wasn't easy to seek help. But eventually I went to an Ob-Gyn and luckily she knew about the medical condition (not many doctors know). She referred me to a physical therapist and I couldn't believe it and thought it's something I can handle myself. I ordered a kit from vaginismus.com and started practicing with dilators. There was some small progress but wasn't much helpful.

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I started seeing Heather in October 2014. For more than two years, I had been suffering from painful urinary tract infection type symptoms after my bartholins gland surgery which included constant burning and urinary frequency sensation that led to more and more painful intercourse. I had made multiple visits to internist, obgyn and urologist's offices, went through a range of treatment with UTI and bladder frequency medication that included antibiotics, vesicare, estrogen cream, but nothing worked.

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My husband and I were having problems with painful intercourse. My therapist recommended that I go and get a pelvic floor evaluation from a physical therapist. Having never been treated by a physical therapist, I wondered how this really was going to help me. My husband who is a physician was very supportive and agreed that a PT evaluation would be a great idea. So i made the appointment and was blown away by what I learned. I had no idea that pelvic floor muscles could get tight and have trigger points just like any other muscle in the body. I'm a massage therapist and very familiar with tight muscles, and this new thought really amazed me. Heather's program to help relax and strengthen these muscles made such a difference. I can say that I am 100% pain free during intercourse now. Yippee! Going to the PT appointments and doing the at-home exercises was definitely a discipline, but it's 100% worth it! The rewards are amazing.

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My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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I started seeing Heather in October 2014. For more than two years, I had been suffering from painful urinary tract infection type symptoms after my bartholins gland surgery which included constant burning and urinary frequency sensation that led to more and more painful intercourse. I had made multiple visits to internist, obgyn and urologist's offices, went through a range of treatment with UTI and bladder frequency medication that included antibiotics, vesicare, estrogen cream, but nothing worked.

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