5 Wrist Exercises to Help Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be desperate for relief. We use our wrists for so much of our daily activities, and carpal tunnel can seriously diminish your quality of life. Carpal tunnel affects millions of people a year, from a mixture of genetic and lifestyle causes. Yet treatment is available: if you’re looking for something to ease the wrist pain, try these five exercises. In just a few minutes a day, you should see some improvement.

  1. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Keep your elbows straight, and make sure your wrists are facing below. Spread your fingers out in one hand and use your other hand to apply a soft but firm pressure on the other. Hold this position for twenty seconds, and then rest. Switch hands and repeat as needed.
  2. Make a fist with one hand. Slide the fingers upward and out of the first until they are pointing towards the sky. Hold this pose for twenty seconds, and then return to the fist. Try to repeat to repeat it ten times. Then, make a fist again. Spread your fingers apart and stretch them as far as you can. When you have reached a maximum stretching point, hold them for about twenty seconds, and then return them to a fist. Repeat, again, for ten times or as needed.
  3. Try this exercise before you begin any work that involves your wrists. Extend your hands out, elbows straight, with your hands facing forward. Hold this position for five seconds. Then, straighten your wrists and relax for five seconds. Make a fist with both hands with strong pressure. Bend both wrists down while remaining in the fist position. Count to five, and then again straighten and relax your fingers for five more seconds. Repeat this exercise for five to ten times, or as needed. If feeling pain while working, take a quick break and repeat this exercise.
  4. Press your palms together in front of your chest, below your chin. Lower your hands towards your waist, keeping your palms pressed together tightly. Continue lowering until you can feel your forearms experiencing a mild stretching sensation. Hold this for approximately thirty seconds, and then release. Repeat for five to ten times for best results.
  5. Extend your arm in front of you, elbows straight. Hold your palms down. Bend your wrist, hands facing the floor. Bend your wrist farther until you feel a stretch in the forearm. Hold for thirty seconds, then release. Repeat for up to five times for best results.

Family Chiropractic Care serves patients in the Kelso, WA area. contact Family Chiropractic Care today for questions about how chiropractic care can help with your carpal tunnel, or to schedule your appointment for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment!