Sioux City, IA--
How many of you would like to have more energy within seconds? Would you
enjoy the benefits of having less stiffness and pain, or muscle tension in your
upper back, neck, or shoulders each day?
Would having less stiffness and pain to your lower back, knees, or
wrists improve your daily well-being and productivity? Do any of you suffer
from frequent headaches or pain making it difficult for you to be productive
and concentrate, or even control your temper at work or at home?
By performing a Blue Zone Project® recommended worksite principle, the
UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Dynamic Stretching Program, one to three times
daily or up to every hour, you will see your daily vitality and well-being be
is a unique, one of a kind masterpiece, and it was created to move! You must choose to stay physically active daily for
30 or more minutes, which will energize your body, bring focus and creativity
to your mind, and allow your spirit to soar over and through the difficulties
and challenges of life.
Moving your body frequently, improving your posture and work habits, and
adding the occasional dynamic stretches are very important for the reversal of
our daily awkward, repetitive, and prolonged postures used throughout the day
at work, at home or at play.
awkward posture habits leading musculoskeletal risk factors for stiffness,
pain, or musculoskeletal injuries overtime are;
1) Lifting, forward bending, or reaching away from your
body with your feet close together (shoulder width or narrower apart and
directly across from each other) and not in a WorkSmart staggered stance
athletic ready posture
2) Sitting with legs crossed, pulling your legs back
underneath your chair, sitting on your feet, or sitting with your hips spread
wide apart and slouching
3) Reaching or lifting above shoulder level with your
arms fully extended
4) Using your fingertips (awkward pinch posture with
high forces), instead of your whole hand to operate your mouse
5) Prolonged awkward forward head posture (looking
down) while texting, using your smartphone or tablet while walking, or playing
video games and cradling the phone between your neck and shoulder
Overtime if these awkward and high force posture habits are not corrected
and dealt with pro-actively, they may lead to excessive discomfort, stiffness
or pain, increased stress and muscle tension, or even a musculoskeletal injury.
Performing the St. Luke’s dynamic
stretches will reverse the daily awkward, repetitive and sustained postures
which also encourage the reduction of daily stress and muscle tension. By reducing muscle tension, stiffness and
pain, your body and mind will receive that energy boost needed to perform at
your best and will even help improve your daily rest and recovery.
Dynamic stretches should be performed one to three times daily or you may perform three to five of your favorite dynamic stretches up to
every hour (as needed) by your body’s fatigue, stiffness, or pain level. Repeating
these stretches one to two times a day is recommended for most eight hour jobs.
However, for those who work 10-12 hour work shifts, I recommend performing
these dynamic stretches two to three times daily. The best time to perform
these dynamic stretches is before work or at the start of each workday, after
lunch or mid-shift break, at the end of the workday, after work, mid-morning or
mid-afternoon, and before bed to improve your daily rest and recovery.
Contact Erik Nieuwenhuis, MS, PT, CAFS, to purchase the St. Luke’s
Dynamic Stretching Program and poster for yourself or for your company,
organization, or group to reduce stiffness and pain, stress and muscle tension
and to improve your energy level and vitality, productivity and well-being.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
712-279-1842 (office) or 712-574-5604 (cell).
These dynamic stretches should not be forced, and not cause moderate or
severe pain. However, some discomfort to
minimal pain may be expected with many of these dynamic stretches. Listen to your body, as you know it better
than anyone else and if any dynamic stretch is too uncomfortable or painful,
stop performing that specific dynamic stretch and contact your physician or