On this episode, I chat with a movement coach about how to deal with back and neck pain as an office worker.

English Level: B2 🇩🇪🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21) 
  2. The movement coach (02:10)
  3. The pitfalls of a sedentary job (05:50)
  4. Long-term consequences of pain symptoms and muscle tension (10:10)
  5. Pain relief by working with a personal movement coach (12:55)
  6. Success stories of Jan’s clients (17:52)
  7. What you can do for yourself if you suffer from tension and pain (23:00)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Joint pain (noun) – Gelenksschmerzen
  2. Neck (noun) – Nacken 
  3. Desperation (noun) – Verzweiflung 
  4. Numb (verb)- taub
  5. Jaw (noun) – Kiefer
  6. Functional muscles (noun) – Funktionelle Muskeln
  7. Adjust (verb) – (etw.) anpassen

Phrases to Remember:

  1. To drop a gem – share wisdom
  2. Range of motion – describes the amplitude of movement of a joint in relation to the muscle used during a training exercise.
  3. Throw your hands in the air – to stop an activity or effort and admit that one cannot do anything to make a situation better.
  4. To read up on something – to read a lot about something because you will need to know about it.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect collocation with mistake) mistakes we make NOT do (5:49)

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What is a problem related to our sedentary lifestyle?
  2. What are the key points of the body?
  3. What helped Jan most with his hip problems?
  4. What was the result of the nine months of movement training that a 66-year-old woman experienced?
  5. What is essential when you realize that you have specific pains and aches?
  6. What is Jan’s advice to everyone whose doctor has told them that their pain is not real but is due to mental problems?
  7. What is Jan’s advice to people who have specific pain?


Question to consider:

Do you suffer from back or neck pain as a result of sitting at a desk all day?


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