Hand & Wrist Relief Stretches

This is for you if you have carpal tunnel symptoms, hand pain or wrist pain that lingers or arthritis. Click on each arrow to reveal pictures and instructions.

DISCLAIMER:

1. These stretches are not designed to be medical advice. First consult a medical professional to ensure you don’t have an issue that requires medical attention (ie. break, infection, tumor, tear or organ involvement.) 

2. If any of the stretches cause pain, stop doing it and move on to the next one.

1. Do the stretches at least once daily until the pain is gone for a full 24 hours. For faster results, repeat the sequence as much as 10x/day in the order given. If any stretch causes discomfort, skip that stretch for now and reintroduce it later. 

2. Once the tension, aches and pains are gone, use the daily warm-up exercises to stay feeling young and active.

If Standing, Do These - Takes 2 Mins

HOW: PIGEON-TOE FEET. STRAIGHT ARMS OVERHEAD WITH, PALMS FACING BEHIND, THUMBS TURNED TO POINT AS FAR OUTWARD TO THE SIDES AS POSSIBLE. HOLD POSITION. THEN MOVE ARMS TO 45 DEGREES, THEN AT 90 DEGREES STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE BODY.

HOW: FLATTEN YOUR BACK AGAINST THE WALL USING YOUR UPPER LEG MUSCLES. BEND KNEES TO GET LEVERAGE FOR PRESSING AGAINST WALL. KNEES ARE OVER THE ANKLES.

HOW: HANDS ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD. SQUEEZE SHOULDER BLADES LIGHTLY TOGETHER. FEET IN A LUNGE POSITION. USE LEG MUSCLES TO BOB THE BACK KNEE UP AND DOWN.

If Lying Down, Do These - Takes 3 Mins

HOW: PIGEON-TOE FEET. STRAIGHT ARMS OVERHEAD WITH, PALMS FACING BEHIND, THUMBS TURNED TO POINT AS FAR OUTWARD TO THE SIDES AS POSSIBLE. HOLD POSITION. THEN MOVE ARMS TO 45 DEGREES, THEN AT 90 DEGREES STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE BODY.

HOW: LIE ON YOUR BACK, BOTH LEGS BENT 90 DEGREES ON CHAIR OR PILLOWS. NOW WITH ARMS OUT 45 DEGREES FROM YOUR SIDE, PRESS ELBOWS INTO GROUND TO FEEL SHOULDER BLADES PRESS TOGETHER. THEN PLACE HANDS FLAT ON GROUND AND PRESS ELBOWS. THEN PALMS UP AND PRESS.

HOW: LIE ON YOUR BACK. PRESS YOUR HEELS INTO THE GROUND TO RAISE UP YOUR BUTTOCKS UNTIL YOUR HIPS ARE STRAIGHT WITH YOUR TORSO. HOLD POSITION, THEN LOWER BUTT TO THE GROUND.

HOW: KNEES BENT WITH FEET WIDE APART. NOW TURN HIPS TO THE LEFT TO LOOK LIKE A RUNNING POSITION. FOCUS ON STRETCHING THE HIP OF YOUR BACK LEG.

Add this when resting

HOW: LIE ON YOUR BACK, WITH ROLLED TOWELS UNDER NECK AND LOWER BACK. ONE LEG BENT 90 DEGREES RESTING ON CHAIR OR PILLOWS. OTHER LEG IS STRAIGHT. BOTH FEET MUST POINT TO THE SKY. PROP FEET UP IF NEEDS BE. RELAX IN POSITION.  

*STRETCH IS COMPLETE WHEN YOU CAN PRESS STRAIGHT LEG KNEE DOWNWARD AND FEEL CONTRACTION AT THE TOP OF YOUR THIGH RATHER THAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIGH. THEN SWITCH LEGS.

If Sitting, Do These - Takes 2 Mins

HOW: ARMS POINTING UPWARD, ELBOWS BENT 90 DEGREES. LEAN BACK INTO WALL AND TOUCH ELBOWS AND WRISTS TO THE WALL. GLIDE ARMS UP AND DOWN THE WALL.

HOW: IN A SEATED POSITION. USE YOUR LEGS TO PRESS YOUR HIPS AND BACK FLAT AGAINST THE WALL.

HOW: EVENLY SQUEEZE THE SHOULDER BLADES TOGETHER, THEN RELEASE.

HOW: KNEES BENT WITH FEET WIDE APART. NOW TURN HIPS TO THE LEFT TO LOOK LIKE A RUNNING POSITION. FOCUS ON STRETCHING THE HIP OF YOUR BACK LEG.

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