Day 6: Wrist flexion and hyperextension

One in fifty people suffers from repetitive strain injury (RSI) resulting in 5.4 million working days being lost each year. A painful condition that creeps up on sufferers, it is caused by a swelling of the tissue in or near the narrow passageway of the wrist, called the carpal tunnel. This swelling puts pressure on the median nerve, leading to the symptoms of pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness that are associated with RSI.

These exercises are designed to help relieve the tension in the wrist.

For wrist flexion:

  1. Gently apply force with your left hand to stretch your right wrist towards the underside of the right forearm.
  2. Hold for 3-5 seconds.
  3. Relax and repeat with the other side
  4. Repeat 5 times with each wrist.

For wrist hyperextension:

  1. Gently apply force with your left palm to bend your right hand backwards.
  2. Hold for 3-5 seconds.
  3. Relax and repeat with the other side.
  4. Repeat 5 times with each wrist.

Reprinted from Integrated Exercise.

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