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How to Stretch Wrists at Your Desk

Work It Girl: Easy Wrist Stretches

If you work on a computer all day long, typing and mousing, you are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. One way to help prevent this painful overuse injury is to regularly take a break from work and stretch your wrists. Here is an easy stretch you should do often at your desk.

To find out how to do these two stretches,


  • Sit nice and tall in your seat, with your feet flat on the floor. Bring the backs of your hands together in front of your chest, so your thumbs are pointing in. Press them together firmly, and lower your elbows slightly to increase the stretch. Hold for five deep breaths.
  • Then turn your hands around so your palms are touching, with your thumbs pointing away from you. Press every finger tip and the base of your palms together firmly, again lowering your elbows slightly to increase the sensations. Stay for five deep breaths.
  • Repeat these two stretches for a total of three times each. Then shake out your hands to release your wrists.

You can take these stretches beyond your work life and into your workout. They are great to do after push-ups and planks.

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