Many people find it difficult to extend their wrists to get into a push up position or feel like their hands are tight after working at the computer or gripping the bar at the gym. Although they may think this is normal or part of the aging process, it’s not! Wrist and hand muscle tightness puts you at risk for injury and chronic pain.
Muscles that flex your fingers actually start all the way up at the inside part of the elbow . They extend all the way down, in several layers, to move the wrist, thumb and fingers. Since a majority of our life is spent grasping, typing and lifting, these muscles can become chronically shortened, putting a lot of strain on the small joints of the wrist and fingers as well as constrict the nerve running through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.
In the video below, I show three easy ways you can help improve your wrist and hand flexibility. The first stretch is basic and they get more challenging so that you can progress as needed.
If you are having forearm, wrist or hand pain and these exercises don’t help within a couple of days, please seek care with a chiropractor who treats these types of conditions. If you are local to Bloomingdale IL, I would be happy to assist you! Just contact us at 224-653-8094 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your appointment.
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