Did you know that chronic wrist pain can actually cause serious damage and lead to a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome? Not only can it make it difficult to write or type, in severe cases it can also lead to more permanent disability.
4 Exercises To Do At Your Work Desk
Try these exercises right in your office space, from the privacy of your desk, to keep your wrist in good shape.
- Roll up a towel and place it on the edge of the table. Keep your forearm on the towel in such a way that your hand lies limp and the palm faces down.
- Slowly start moving your hand upwards, till you feel a stretch. Hold it in place for some time.
- Get back to the original position. Now do the same steps again by placing your elbow sideways and keeping your palm facing upwards.
- Place your hand on the rolled up towel on the table, with your thumb facing outwards.
- Keep your hand straight, and move only the wrist area in an up and down motion.
- Keep doing this till you feel the stretch in your wrist.
- Hold your hand in an open way, with the fingers stretched upwards and your palm facing out.
- Bend your fingers inward to close the palm and make something like a tight hooked fist. Once done, return to the original position. Next, make a tight full fist and return to the original position again.
- Keep doing this with the first wrist till you feel a stretch. Once done, do it with the other wrist too.
- Hold out your hand in such a way that your palm faces outwards. Keep the fingers together, but make sure your thumb is placed a little to the side.
- Stretch the thumb away from the fingers, then again inwards and across the palm. The moment you feel a stretch, remove the thumb back to the starting position.
- Do the same with the other hand.
Make sure to take regular breaks between your work, especially when you are typing or writing for long hours at a stretch. If you keep feeling the pain or discomfort, book an appointment with a physiotherapist and find out about more exercises that can help you more.