Video: Eagle arms
Our shoulders need regular maintenance to release them from stiffness. Off-set the hunched over effect by opening up the shoulders to remain functional and comfortable. I too suffered from stiff shoulders working at a desk. I commonly use eagle arms to actively stretch and open the shoulders. It is also practised by a lot of surfers at our studio. Please note this pose is not comfortable for absolutely everyone so I have included a modification.
Cross the arms and bend the elbows, have the right arm looped under the left to begin with, wrap the palms to meet or clasp the wrist, squeeze the arms towards each other and on an inhale lift the elbows up and exhale while drawing them down.
Wrap the hands behind the back with the elbows facing forward and hover the arms up and down.
Try to encourage the shoulders to slide down the back whilst holding the pose.
Last Reviewed: 17/07/2018
Exercising and osteoarthritis
Exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness and increases flexibility, strength and endurance in people with arthritis. Four main types of exercise are recommended for people with arthritis.
Strength training exercises
Challenging your muscles with strength training exercises 2 or 3 times each week can improve the strength and tone of your muscles.
Office ergonomics: workstation comfort and safety
Computer users often develop aches and pains. Avoid discomfort by setting up your workstation according to ergonomic principles.
Stretching: an illustrated guide
Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of your muscles and their associated tendons, and oppose the shortening and tightening of muscles that can occur immediately after vigorous exercise, and as a product of ageing and inactivity.
Muscle workout: chest
Having a strong chest helps to improve the strength in your back muscles and maintain a good posture. Your chest muscles are used for moving your arms across your body and up and down as well as pushing the body away from the arms, as you do when you do push-ups.