Don't delay your care at Mayo Clinic
Brain tumor, breast cancer, colon cancer, congenital heart disease, heart arrhythmia. See more conditions.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Subscribe to Housecall
Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics.
Desk stretches help prevent pain and stiffness. See how they're done.
Do you work at a desk all day? To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple desk stretches.
If you work at a desk or computer for long stretches of time, you might place excessive stress on certain muscles. As a result, you're likely to get stiff and sore — unless you take frequent breaks for physical activity.
Breaking up your workday with stretches and other physical activities can help keep you comfortable while you work. You can stretch while you're seated at your desk or standing in your workspace. You might even be able to stretch while you're participating in a conference call or other workplace activities. You don't need special equipment to stretch, and you won't break a sweat — yet the results can be powerful.
Watch these videos on specific desk stretches to understand proper form and technique.
Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.org," "Mayo Clinic Healthy Living," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.