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What's a wrist exercise that might help if you have carpal tunnel syndrome?

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  • Hold your arm straight out in front of you, wrist and hand straight, palm of your hand facing down.
  • Bend your wrist down so your fingers point toward the floor.
  • Use your other hand to increase the stretch, gently pulling the fingers toward your body.
  • Hold for 15-30 seconds.
  • Return to a straight, neutral wrist with palm facing down.
  • Bend your wrist up so your fingertips point toward the ceiling.
  • Use your other hand to gently pull your fingers back toward you.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do this up to three times a day.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

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