The constant use of technology can cause wrist pain, or worse, carpal tunnel syndrome. Try these exercises to give this overworked part some relief.
Wrist pain can arise from a few reasons – overusing your computer or smartphone, bad form during a workout, arthritis or even an unfortunate injury. Even while the pain is serious enough for you to take notice, doctors may find it difficult to diagnose the exact cause because of so many possibilities.
The best way for you to avoid a visit to the clinic is to practice prevention. Give your wrists a break from time to time avoid overstraining, and be sure to work in some of these stretches and exercises into your daily routine.
Curl your hand into a fist and rotate it clockwise 10 times. Repeat anticlockwise.
This move develops flexibility and strength. Holding a light weight (such as a small water bottle or even a stress ball), curl your wrists towards you, then away. Repeat this in different directions with your palms facing up, down, and each other.
To warm up the wrists before a workout, try interlocking your fingers above your head and push your palms upwards till your arms straighten.
Alternatively, place the back of your hands on the floor, directly below your shoulders. Point the tips of your fingers towards the opposite hand and lightly press your wrist downwards till your elbows straighten. Relax and repeat with your fingers pointing towards your body.
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Another way to stretch your wrists is to tap your second to fifth finger to your thumb. This helps to stretch a bigger area on your whole hand, as well as all parts of your wrist. To do this, just tap each finger 10 times for three to five sets.
Squeeze a small stress ball and move your wrist forward and backwards. This helps to train your grip, rotation, flexibility, and strength.