Whether it's hours on the computer or hours in the gym, your wrists are constantly under demand. Proper wrist flexibility and stability is crucial to help prevent injury. A common issue that arises from prolonged training is carpal tunnel syndrome. Made up of bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist that allows the median nerve to enter the palm. When the median nerve becomes compressed or irritated, you can feel pain, tingling or numbness in different areas of your palm and fingers. Here are some recommended stretches and exercises to help prevent wrist problems.
1 WRIST EXTENSOR STRETCH With your palmed facing up and your elbow straight, pull your hand down with your other hand. You should feel a mild to moderate stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat with your other wrist for three sets. 2 WRIST FLEXOR STRETCH Keep your elbow straight and pull your wrist backward with your other hand. You should feel a mild to moderate stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat with the other wrist for three sets. 3 TENNIS BALL SQUEEZE Squeeze a tennis ball as hard as possible without causing pain. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 8-10 times. 4 RESISTANCE BAND WRIST FLEXION Wrap a resistance band around your hand with your palm facing up and your elbow by your side, as if doing a dumbbell curl. Keep the elbow bent to 90 degrees and slowly curl your wrist up, squeezing your hand and forearm muscles. Repeat on the other wrist for three sets with 15 reps. 5 RESISTANCE BAND WRIST EXTENSION With your elbow by your side, wrap a resistance band around your hand. Keep your palm facing down and your elbow bent at a 90-degree angle, as if doing a reverse curl. Slowly curl your wrist up, squeezing your forearm muscles. Repeat with the other wrist and perform three sets of 10-15 repetitions.