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The muscles which are particularly affected by sitting at a computer are the two Sterno-cleidomastoid muscles which run down either side of the neck, the large Trapezius muscle that spans the neck, shoulders and back, and the two Deltoid muscles at the top of the shoulders.
One of the best ways to relieve muscle tension is massage. There are many different types of massage but one of the best for relieving muscle tension in the neck and shoulders is Indian Head Massage. Indian Head Massage is a non-invasive holistic treatment which involves massage of the upper back, upper arms, shoulders, neck, scalp and face.
Indian Head Massage can help to relieve pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders caused by poor posture and repetitive movements, increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulder joints, relieve eyestrain and headaches caused by stress and staring at a computer screen, improve circulation, and reduce stress, tension and anxiety levels. To be effective, massage should be undertaken at least once a month.
Although Indian Head Massage and other massage techniques can help to relieve the symptoms associated with poor-posture, it is also important to correct the situation or behaviour which leads to the problem. It is well worth assessing your workstation and computer setup to ensure that it is suitable for you. You may find that your place of work offers ergonomic reviews or workstation assessments.
If you would like to find out more about Indian Head Massage and how it could help you, please visit the Balance Holistics website.
More information about workstation layout and working with VDUs can be found on the HSE website where you can download a free guidance leaflet.