Three Stretches That Help to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

typingCarpal tunnel is a serious and painful condition that plagues many employees each year. You don’t realize how often you use your hands and fingers until they are throbbing in pain. Many individuals have to resort to surgery to fix their carpal tunnel pain. Prevent that from happening to you with these simple stretches.

Do these quick stretches throughout the day. They will help relieve pain and prevent issues further down the road. How often should you do these stretches? If you are typing for several hours a day or use your hands in other repetitive motions, then try to do these stretches every hour or two. Set alarm reminders to help you make it a habit.

The Prayer Stretch: You don’t have to be religious to practice this stretch. Simply put your palms together in front of your chest, just below your chin. Then slowly lower your hands towards your waist. You want to keep your palms together and close to your stomach. The point is to feel a slight stretch under your forearms. If you can’t feel it sitting down, then try it standing up. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and then repeat it 2 to 4 times.

Wrist Flexor Stretch: For this stretch, you want to extend your arm in front of your with your palm facing up. Bend your wrist with your hand toward the floor. Take your other hand and gently bend your wrist farther so that you feel a slight stretch in your forearm. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then switch arms. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

Wrist extensor stretch: Now you are going to extend your arm in front of you, but this time with your palm face down. Next, bend your wrist with your hand pointing towards the floor. Then take your other hand and gently bend your wrist a little bit further to feel a slight stretch in the forearm. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then switch arms. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

These three exercises should only take you a few minutes to complete. They are easy to do and you don’t even have to leave your desk. Remember, all stretching is not supposed to hurt, though it may feel uncomfortable at times. Another good idea is to have a stress ball at your desk that you can lightly squeeze every so often to help stretch some of the hand’s muscles too. Make these stretches a habit and you could avoid the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel.

 

Remember to always consult your chiropractor or doctor before taking any health advice.

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