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Stretching Videos

SCOE’s Health and Safety Committee encourages employees who work at computers all day to take brief stretching breaks to help alleviate stress and reduce body aches. The following videos feature Susan Volpi Palmer, a physical therapist and ergonomic consultant. She demonstrates a series of stretching exercises and discusses the techniques that will bring maximum benefit.

Susan Volpi Palmer

Why Stretch? Susan Volpi Palmer explains why people who sit at desks for long periods of time should do stretching exercises



Stretching Pointers: Here are some important pointers about stretching exercises … when to do them, for how long, etc.


Chin Tuck

Chin Tuck: Susan Volpi Palmer demonstrates an exercise designed to help the lower back part of the neck


Extensor Stretch

Extensor Stretch: Extensor stretches benefit the area of your arm between your wrist and elbow


Front Shoulder Stretch

Front Shoulder Stretch: The muscles, nerves, ligaments, and joints in the front of the shoulder are targeted in this exercise


Inner Forearm Stretch

Inner Forearm Stretch: This simple stretch can be done sitting or standing and exercises arms, backs, and shoulders


Lateral Neck Stretch

Lateral Neck Stretch: The lateral neck stretch is an exercise that addresses upper shoulder discomfort


Mid-Back Stretch

Mid-Back Stretch: Mid-back stretches pinpoint the area of the back between the shoulder blades


Pivot Prone Stretch

Pivot Prone Stretch: This exercise addresses the front of the shoulders and the mid-back


Standing Back Extension

Standing Back Extension: This standing stretch will benefit the lower back area