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Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Ergonomics | 0 comments

5 Desk Stretches To Prevent Carpal Tunnel & RSI

Thousands of Americans are affected by carpal tunnel and RSI (repetitive stress injuries) each year. The good news is, these conditions can be prevented ? and if you already have symptoms, there are some great ways to lessen them without compromising time in front of the computer.

Both of these conditions occur when there is continued strain and repetitive motion in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is the area of your body when the nerves meet the palm of your hand. Those who start to experience symptoms may feel pain, tingling, or even numbness in this area. Here are a few of our favorite desk exercises that you can do to help prevent these conditions from happening ? or ease the pain of your existing symptoms:

Wrist stretch #1 ? While seated, make a fist with both hands and rest them on your desk with your pinkie finger facing down. Your elbows should rest just at the edge of the desk so it’s supporting your lower arms. While breathing deeply, move your wrist to the right, then to the left, while keeping your arms in place.

Wrist stretch #2 ? From the first position, lift your arms off the table so just your elbows are touching. Your wrists should be up near your face. Make a fist, then rotate your fists clockwise for 10 seconds, then counterclockwise. Repeat five times each.

Finger stretch ? Fingers can quickly get tired from typing, so they’re an important part of your body to remember when stretching. Place your pinkie fingers on the edge of your desk while keeping your wrists straight. Push down on the desk to get a good stretch. Do the same with your ring finger, index finger, etc. until you’ve gone through your whole hand. Repeat three times.

Thumb stretch ? While seated, place your hands (with palms face down) on the desk. Lift your thumbs away from your hand as high as you can. Hold the stretch for five seconds, release, and repeat five times.

Full body stretch ? Stretch your arms out to your side with your palms facing down (to make a T-shape with your body). Move your fingers around, flex your arms and take care to make sure they stay straight so they’re parallel to the ground. When you’ve gotten a good stretch, take it up a notch by doing circles with your hands. Go clockwise for 30 seconds, rest, and repeat for 30 seconds while going counterclockwise.

Next, reach your arms over your head and interlock your fingers. Flip your hands around so your palms are facing up and you’re getting a deep stretch in your fingers. Hold for 10 seconds, rest, and repeat.

Next time you’re at your desk and need a little break, try out these five exercises that are proven to help prevent carpal tunnel and RSI.

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About the Author:?Patty Englebaugh founded in 1993. She has 19?years of experience installing ergonomic office furniture and computer accessories that create healthy work environments in home and corporate offices as well as in the healthcare, education, government, and business sectors. Call her today (Mon-Fri 8-6pm EST) for one-on-one support for your ergonomic needs: (877) 971-0151.

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