Ease achy, sore wrists with this easy trick to release pain and improve mobility.
Between typing away on computers and texting on our cell phones, our fingers, wrists, and forearms are getting a never-ending workout. Unfortunately, over time, this can cause chronic pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel.
The wrist acts as a bridge between the forearm and the hand. There are several tendons (which attach muscle to bone) and major nerves that pass through the forearm and wrist to get to the hand. Repetitive bending and straightening of the wrist and fingers can lead to inflammation or irritation of these tendons and nerves.
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Self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques like this quick trick can help you prevent and treat wrist pain from the comfort of your home or office. All you need is two tennis balls and a sock to help release pain-causing tension in the forearm.
Incorporate this little exercise into your daily routine two to three times per day to soothe pain and improve wrist mobility.
- Place two tennis balls inside a sock. Tie a knot in the sock so that the tennis balls are snug together inside. Set on the floor.
- Kneel down and place your forearm in between the two tennis balls with your palm facing up.
- Lean into it gently and slowly roll up and down the forearm. Whenever you feel any extra tension, stop and hold for 20 seconds, allowing the balls to massage out the tightness.
- Then, turn your palm to face down to repeat that process on the other side.
- Repeat on the other arm.
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