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Stretch of the Week: Wrist ROM

by Rachel Lackowski2 Comments

In the second week of August we are working on the range of motion (ROM) in the wrist.

It is not uncommon to feel tightness in your wrist when you are overusing this important joint. This stretch will help you find out where you are tight and free up some of the restrictions in the wrist.

Please don’t perform this exercise if you are experiencing severe pain with the movements or if you have any broken bones in the hand/wrist.

How to perform the Wrist ROM stretch:

  1. Extend your arms in front of you at chest height. Make fists with your hands, but make sure your thumb is to the side and not inside the fist.
  1. Keep your arms stable and unmoving as you begin to make circles with your wrists. As you can see in the photos below, it is important for you to go as big as you can when making the circles in order to achieve the full range of motion in each direction.
  1. Complete 5-10 circles in one direction and then switch and do the same in the opposite direction.

wrist stretch range of motion

This is a very simple and easy, yet effective stretch!

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