Although there are a lot of potential other culprits besides the wrist for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sometimes the problem is simple overuse of the hand in a repetitive, tense motion like gripping a tool or steering wheel, or pounding on a keyboard. The hand is a complex system of tiny bones, muscles and tendons that allow us to perform the most delicate of tasks, and we use our hands all day as we interact with the world around us. Overuse in one direction will lead to weakness and stiffness in other areas, but it’s not hard to dig into blind spots using using hand and wrist exercises to balance out the wrists and keep the hands and forearms strong and supple.
If your wrist is feeling worn out, a great opening stretch for the wrist and forearm is the Forearm Twist from the Yoga Tune Up® Quick Fix for Hands, Wrists and Elbows available here. It will open the wrist in the opposite direction from its habitual flexed position, and in addition provide a stretch through the length of the forearm. By taking the wrists out of their comfort zone, you will stimulate blood flow to the area and bring relief to worn out tissues, helping to prevent carpal tunnel.
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