Category Archives : Stretches

Hip Stretch

The hips are another common problem area for people with arthritis. Get on your hands and knees on a mat or comfortable carpet. Extend one leg up and out behind you and hold it in that position for five seconds. Repeat five times with each leg.

Simple Shoulder Stretch

To release shoulder and neck tension, follow the steps below; Stand tall and slide your left hand down the left side of your body. Raise your right shoulder as your left lowers. Hold this for 10 seconds then stand straight again. Now slide your right hand down the right side of your body. Raise your […]

Calf Stretch

Start standing on one leg on a stair or curb, with your heel hanging off the back. Gently press your heel toward the ground until you feel a gentle pull along the back of your lower leg. Hold for 30 seconds. Then slowly bend your knee slightly, until you feel the stretch move lower on […]

The Forward Hang

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back. (If your hands don’t touch, hold on to a dish towel.) Breathe in and straighten your arms to expand your chest. Exhale and bend at your waist, letting your hands stretch toward your head. Hold for five deep […]

Prayer Cat Camel

Start on all fours. Prayer- Exhale as you sit back onto heels, lower head, tuck chin and reach arms out. Cat- Inhale as you arch the back up and hollow out abdominals while head remains tucked. Camel- Exhale and lower abdominal and reach chin towards ceiling. Tuck chin and sit back  into Prayer position. Repeat […]

Flexion Stretch – Chin to Chest

Gently bend your head forward while bringing your chin toward your chest. Stop when a stretch is felt in the back of your neck. Hold position for 15-30 seconds. Return to starting position. (Neck in midline position). Repeat above stretch 5 more times.

Quadriceps Stretch

Using a towel, lie on your stomach. Attach the band your right foot and pull your heel to your butt. Hold this stretch for 1 min. Repeat 3 times. Change legs and repeat 3 times.

The Bridge

Lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Squeeze your gluteals and then push your hips up until there is a straight line through knee and hip to upper body and shoulders remain on the floor. Hold for 1 minute.

Elbow Prop

Begin lying on your front. Slowly move up onto your elbows provided there is no increase in symptoms. Hold this position for 2 seconds and then return to lying flat. Repeat 10 times provided the exercise is pain free.