Carpal tunnel is the inflammation of nerves in our hands, wrists, and forearms due to stress or overuse. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes might also experience this condition. Typing, for example, is often a culprit, as we rest our wrists on our desks or keyboards, putting pressure on the nerves in our wrist. But any repetitive motion done with our wrists or hands can put stress on the nerves and cause discomfort, including pain and even numbness.
To help prevent or manage pain due to carpal tunnel, you can do a few simple stretches to help relieve stress and strain on your hands and wrists. These five simple stretches are simple to perform and are a great way to give your hands a little TLC during the day. Extreme cases of carpal tunnel syndrome often lead to a surgical procedure for those who cannot find relief. For a more detailed tutorial on how to alleviate pain in your forearms, hands, and wrists, check out the video we’ve shared on the next page.
Shake It Out
Ease pain in your wrists and forearms by simply shaking them, up and down, side to side, to help relax any tension.
Make a soft fist with your hands and gently roll your wrists in a circular motion, clockwise then counterclockwise.
Extend your arm out in front of you, palms facing down. Gently lift your hand, keeping your fingers extended, and point your fingers towards the ceiling as if you’re holding up your hand to indicate for someone to stop. Then lower your hand back down, palms facing flat to the floor. Repeat 5-10 times on each hand.