Hand Therapist Approved Work from Home Stretches
Co-author: Nicole Kertz, OTS
With more people working from home in the New Year due to COVID-19, there has been an increase in work related injuries. You don’t have to be a heavy manufacturing or construction worker to have work related injuries. Oftentimes, repetitive motions, staying in the same position, and poor posture can cause work related injuries. Desk jobs for example, consist of staying in the same, often seated, position with repetitive motions like typing.
Stretch of the Week: Self-Massage for the Wrist
The final stretch for August features two self-massage techniques for the wrist.
You will need a tennis ball and a table or hard surface to perform these techniques. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
Stretch of the Week: Spider Stretch
The third stretch for August is called the Spider Stretch.
This wrist extension stretch is pretty simple and can help with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms. There is no equipment needed to perform this stretch, and it can be done in either a seated or standing position. It is important to note that if you are experiencing finger or elbow pain/injuries, you should not practice this week’s stretch. Prior to beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
Stretch of the Week: Wrist ROM
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.