Our hands and wrists are probably the one of the most overused, and least thought about body parts, when it comes to self-care and stretching. With our increased use of computers, cell phones, and other technologies that require the constant use of our hands, you may notice that your hands and wrists feel tighter, stiffer, even more sore than they had in the past. The constant typing and even gripping of items can fatigue your muscles, weakening your hands and wrists, and cause you pain and discomfort. Carrying grocery bags, gardening, knitting, writing, painting, working out, and a variety of other activities can all put strain on your wrists and hands with prolong and repetitive use.
To help give your overused wrists and hands a break, it is always a great idea to do some simple stretches throughout the day. Stretches not only helps with flexibility and mobility of your joints, but they can help relieve tension and relax tight muscles, easing the pain and stiffness you may be feeling in your hands and wrists. The best part about stretching your hands and wrists is that you can do them anywhere, anytime. You do not need a lot of space or time to stretch them out!
Here are some suggested stretches that you can do for your hands and wrists:
For some other suggestions on stretches that you can do, here are some links to other articles and videos that I found online:
If you find that your hands and wrists are sore, tight, or even fatigued throughout the day or after activities, give these stretches a try. Do them several times a day or as needed to help loosen them up and relieve some of the tension. If doing any of these stretches is painful, feels sharp, or you experience tingling or numbness in your arms and hands, consult with your doctor right away to make sure that you do not have an injury or another possible health related condition.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.