3 Wrist Exercises to Treat Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes wrist and hand pain from median nerve compression. Wrist exercises decrease pain and increase flexibility. Three great carpal tunnel wrist exercises:

1. Wrist Flexor Stretch

Hold your arm out in front of you, palm up. Use your other hand to gently press your fingers down to stretch your wrist and forearm.

Hold and release the stretch for 15-30 seconds. Stretch the other hand several times a day.

2. Wrist Extensor Stretch

Hold your arm out in front of you, palm down. Use your other hand to gently press your fingers up to stretch your wrist and forearm.

Hold and release the stretch for 15-30 seconds. Stretch your other hand many times a day.

3. Wrist Flexion and Extension Exercise

Sit or stand with palms down and arms extended in front of you. Lower your wrists after slowly bending them upward and pointing your fingers at the ceiling.

Bend your wrists downward and point your fingertips to the floor, then return to the start. This flexion-extension action should be repeated 10-15 times, progressing as tolerated.

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