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Being stuck behind a desk all day can play havoc with your sports, learning little tricks to keep your body from seizing up when you start training, ramp up your efforts or need to put some effort into the weekend chores.

The disparity between sitting in fixed positions Monday to Friday, not moving much then going for it on the weekend can be a little more than the body can cope with. It's no surprise that Monday's are our busiest days for clients ringing up with neck pain caused from "sleeping in a bad position". Get our take on this in the [Monday Injuries] article.

Our advice for overcoming these annoying little niggles are:

  • Keep moving - little and often, even if it is just some shoulder rolls on the way to the coffee machine
  • Learn to sit correctly on your pelvis - our desk checks don't always teach us to use our bodies correctly
  • Posture, posture, posture (sad but true)
  • Stress hormones play a large part in upper body tension - even some mild exercise can help
  • Food is the building blocks of our tissue - we can tell those who have a high sugar diet by the quality of their tissue

We can't stop having desk-bound jobs and sometimes it's hard to overcome the corporate culture in the UK to lash employees to their desks all day, make it a habit to stand a little at your desk everyday and move and stretch a little. If you need a mentor, watch a cat, they'll give you all the clues you need.


Peta McSharry

Peta McSharry is an experienced Sports and Remedial Massage therapist living in London who has been treating clients since 2004 and teaching bodywork since 2006. Her therapy is based on a good grounding in sports along with a structural approach to resolving issues.

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Sports Massage Zone - Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank EC2
3rd Floor (Bell Court Dental Practice)
1 Throgmorton Avenue
London EC2N 2JJ



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