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5 Exercises to Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome usually manifests itself with a tingling sensation followed by shooting pain the hands and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused due to repetitive stress, or performing the same forceful activity over and over again—such as packing on an assembly line, playing an instrument, or typing—when pressure is placed on the median nerve, and pain radiates through the wrist, thumb and fingers.

The good news is that with the following five wrist, hand, and shoulder exercises, you can break up the repetitive nature of your day and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from setting in…

1. Wrist Stretch

This exercise is intended to stretch tight forearm flexor muscles that are restricting the median nerve. To perform this exercise:

  • Extending one arm in front of the body, fingers together and palm facing down
  •  Use the opposite hand to gently apply pressure and bend the fingers and wrist downward
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • You should feel this stretch in your upper wrist and forearm muscles
  • Repeat 5 times on both wrists

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