The sooner you begin treating carpal tunnel syndrome proactively the better your chances for a complete recovery. These simple wrist stretches will help. Because they take less than one minute to complete, and can be done anywhere, it’s easy to practice them regularly throughout the day.

Assisted wrist flexion stretch for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Wrist Flexion Stretch for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1. Sit or stand tall and take several deep breaths.

2. Extend one arm in front of the body, no higher than shoulder height.

3. With the palm facing down, flex the wrist so that the fingers point to the ground.

4. Use the other hand to gently encourage the stretch.

5. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Assisted wrist extension stretch for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Wrist Extension Stretch for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1. Sit or stand tall and take several deep breaths.

2. Extend one arm in front of the body, no higher than shoulder height.

3. Begin with the palm facing down, extend the wrist so that the fingers point up to the ceiling.

4. Use the other hand to gently encourage the stretch.

5. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Finishing Touch

After completing the stretches, relax the arms to the sides and shake the wrists gently.  As often as you can, throughout the day, check to make sure your wrists are staying in good alignment with your forearms.  Pay special attention to your wrist position if you spend time at a computer. Don’t allow them to sink down while your fingers are typing on the keyboard. Rather, find something to support your wrists so they can stay in good alignment while you work.

To the extent that you can, make it your mission to identify and avoid repetitive  wrist movements.  Most importantly, don’t let symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome go unchecked. Remember, exercise is an important part of any treatment plan. Seek the advice of a physical therapist or occupational therapist. They will provide you with additional exercises to help. Wishing you success and good health, always!

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Additional Reading:

About CTS and How To Avoid It

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