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Desk Jockey Workout 3/4: Arm Spirals

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  December 26, 2019

Movement 3 – Arm Spirals

The Desk Jockey Workout is one of the many 5 minute workouts from my book. Feel Better in 5. It is particularly good if you spend most of your day sitting down, perhaps looking at screens. It can be incredibly helpful for back pain, neck pain, shoulder discomfort and general stiffness. Each of the 4 movements should be done in sequence. Quality is much more important than quantity. For detailed written instructions on how to do each movement, please see pages 169-177 of my book, Feel Better in 5.

This video demonstrates the third out of four movements in the ‘Desk Jockey Workout’ – it is called ‘Arm Spirals’. Our arms and shoulder blades are chronically underused, especially in people who are stuck in chairs all day with their arms relatively immobile. This can lead to pain in our necks and shoulders and, sometimes, contribute to headaches. Arm spirals are a brilliant way to wake up your arms and shoulder blades and get them moving. This is one of my favourite movements to do after a long day at work. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

The Desk Jockey Workout Series:

  1. Wall Cogs
  2. Frontal Cogs
  3. Arm Spirals
  4. The Crucifix


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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP