Can you imagine what your body would look like if it were designed so that you could efficiently sit at a desk for 8 hours/day? Not pretty, right? Believe it not, the tension that you feel in your back from sitting in one position all day is your body’s attempt to make it easier for you to do your job. For instance, the typical desk posture involves a forward hunch of the shoulders. In this position, the pectoral muscles in the chest are clenched and because of their inverse relationship with the muscles that support the spine, the trapezius and the erectors muscles are being forced into a constant elongated state. When the body sees that that you are working so hard to hold this precarious position, it bolts into action to help you by producing extra fascia (the web-like tissue that holds the muscles in place) and it begins winding it around the muscles to eventually form a cast that holds the muscles in a clenched position. Unfortunately, this kind of help is what ends up creating those tension knots in your shoulders and between your shoulder blades. These areas become painful when the blood is unable to circulate through the muscle tissue properly.