072: Wrists and Hands

Season Two May 10, 2021

Have you been typing a lot lately?
Carrying heavy grocery bags?
Gripping a pen, intensely?

Here are six exercises that you can do for your wrists and hands.

[ 1-2 min ]
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No equipment needed!

1. Joint articulations

Begin with some joint circles. Improvise through a wide range of motion.

2. Shake it out

Next, shake out your hands. Even better, shake the whole body!


3. Wrist circles

If you can take weight on your hands, try some wrist circles on the floor. Engage through the index knuckles, pressing into the ground. Circle the shoulders.

4. Forearm stretch

Sit back slowly into a forearm stretch.

Add a small bend in your elbows, to avoid hyperextension. You should feel this in the inner forearm muscles (not the joints). Stop if you feel any pain.

5. Wrist presses

Then, flip the hands over.

Press down on the backs of the wrists. Palms face up. These can be intense - proceed slowly.

6. Finger presses

Try to actively lift the palms up and down, while keeping your four knuckles connected to the ground. Modify the difficulty by taking more/less weight via your shoulders.

Listen to your unique body, adapt as needed, and stop if anything doesn't feel right.



Questions? Other ideas?
Send me an email!


Bonus

Give yourself an acupressure massage:
Grab the "meat" of your hand, between the thumb and index finger. Give a firm squeeze.



Nice work!


Now, take a few deep breaths.
(lay down, close your eyes etc)

And enjoy your day ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ



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