This video segment focuses on the muscles of the upper back, mainly the rhomboids and the middle and upper trapezius. Without getting into an anatomy lesson, these muscles are involved in drawing your shoulder blades back and also up. Imagine shrugging your shoulders as if to say, “I don’t know.”
If you are currently working from home, chances are you may not have the ideal ergonomic set up. I am sitting at the breakfast bar, on a stool with no back support. I try to sit with good posture. But after a little while I catch myself slumping forward and shrugging my shoulders just a bit. A few minutes in this position is not likely to create much tension in those muscles, but a few hours certainly will.
This simple massage technique definitely provides some welcomed relief when my rhomboids start roaring! Another tip to help avoid work related back tension is to use the Pomodoro Technique This time management technique geared toward improving productivity is also a great way to schedule a physical break from your computer. Here’s an idea: you can use your break time to do some tennis ball massage.