Stretch me out!
Got a knot, an ache, or a tight spot? Try this.
Note that each stretch has information at the top as to where you can do it. Some might be a bit inappropriate at the office. Or hilarious, depending on your personality and your office mates'.
These are great if you use a computer mouse a lot and have carpal tunnel pain in your wrists, and also open up the rest of your hands. Do these once or twice a day if your wrists are bothering you.
While standing hold your right hand out in front of you, wrist at a right angle (approximately) and fingers pointed to the ceiling. Put the fingers and palm of your left hand horizontally across the fingers of your right, and gently pull back. Feel the stretch in your right wrist and fingers, holding for 10 seconds.
Now point your fingers to the floor, with your wrist at a downward right angle. Place the palm of your left hand across the back of your right hand and pull gently toward you, feeling the stretch in your wrist. Hold for 5 seconds.
Now turn your right arm 180 degrees outward, so your wrist is facing the ceiling, and point your fingers down toward the floor with your wrist at an approximate right angle. Put the fingers of your left hand across the fingers of your right, and gently pull back. Feel the stretch in your wrist and fingers, holding for 15 seconds. This is similar to the first stretch, but rolling the arm over makes it a little different.
Repeat for your left hand and wrist.
Now a little different move. Still standing, hold your arms loosely in front of you, hands vertical with palms facing in and shoulder-width. Twist both hands upward at the wrist, keeping them essentially flat in the vertical plane, feeling the stretch in your wrists at the base of the thumb. Return to center, then repeat, a total of 3 times. Now twist them downward, then back to center, and repeat a second time. You should feel the tendons in your wrist opening up, and may have some popping.
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