5 Stretches To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Jenny Brown

Have you or anyone that you know suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome? If you’re not sure what it is, carpal tunnel syndrome is a pain disorder of the hand, caused by too much pressure on the nerves of the palm-side of the wrist. Long term, carpal tunnel syndrome creates an abundance of pain in your hands, which can affect all of your daily activities in which you use your hands.

The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome range from wrist fractures to the overuse of your wrists. Regardless of possible causes, there are solutions to help you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are dealing with symptoms such as numbness or weakness in your hand, here are 5 simple exercises to help you reduce these symptoms!

1) Shake your hands.

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  1. Put your hands out away from each other.
  2. Simply shake each of your hands back and forth steadily.
  3. Do this for about 1 minute every 1 hour.

This exercise will help keep your hand muscles relaxed and loose, which are a great way to release pressure on your wrists.

2) Release your wrists.

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(Applies also to left hand.)

  1. Extend your right arm in front of you.
  2. Extend your right hand parallel to the ground.
  3. Flex your wrist back, pointing the fingers to the ground, while your palm faces forward. You should feel a stretch in your wrists. Do this for 30 seconds.
  4. Spread your fingers as wide as possible.
  5. With the other hand, push down each finger of your right hand for 5 seconds, one by one.
  6. Keep your right hand fully extended.
  7. Repeat steps 1-7 for the left hand.
  8. Do this 3 times!

3) Do the “Prayer Stretch”.

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  1. Put your palms together in front of your chest at chest-level.
  2. Lower your hands down to your waist slowly.
  3. Keep your hands sturdy and close to your body. You should feel a stretch under your forearms.
  4. Once your hands are at your waist, hold for 30 seconds.
  5. Do this 3 times!

This is a great method of exercise for your hands and is recommended by doctors.

4) Make a fist.

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  1. Make a fist towards your face.
  2. Slowly slide your fingers upward against your direction until they point straight up. You should feel a stretch in your wrists. Hold this for 5 seconds.
  3. Do this 5 times!

5) Do the “Table-Top Position”.

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  1. Bend all your fingers except your thumb and make a 90-degree angle with your palm. Your fingers should be pointing at you.
  2. Hold this position for 5 seconds. You should feel a stretch in your wrists.
  3. Relax your hand.
  4. Do this 5 times!

All these exercises are exceptional, so as long as you do them on a consistent basis, your symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome are sure to lessen!

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