Through lifting, gripping, and twisting, the humble wrist makes most of our day-to-day activities possible. Because of the high level of physical demand, our wrists are often taken for granted. Without adequate wrist mobility and strength, you can leave yourself vulnerable to injuries and strain.
Continue reading to learn more about the importance of wrist mobility, and how you can strengthen your wrists!
Why Wrist Mobility Is Important
The wrist is one of the most complex joints of the body. Its elaborate structure allows for a broad range of movement. Unfortunately, our wrists are often impaired by nagging pain and stiffness.
Wrist injuries are especially common in professions and sports that require heavy or repetitive use of the hands and wrists. In fact, according to the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, approximately 25 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the hand or wrist.
Wrist tension can often be attributed to a limited range of motion, as well as a lack of blood flow to the joint. Pain and impairment can also be symptomatic of a more serious condition, such as a wrist sprain or strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or arthritis.
Because of the wrists’ heavy involvement in most daily activities, stiffness and pain can affect anyone, from athletes to office workers. Having limited mobility in your wrists can be detrimental to your ability to work, or perform even simple tasks such as driving, opening bottles, or grabbing objects.
3 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility
To avoid pain and recover quickly from a wrist injury, focus on developing strength in your wrists while maintaining an excellent range of motion. Below are three exercises that can help improve wrist mobility, release tension quickly, and build strength to keep your wrists healthy and pain-free.
*Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor.
Kneeling Forearm Stretch
- From a kneeling position, place your hands on the ground in front of you with your palms down and your fingers toward you.
- Increase the stretch by moving your shoulders backward.
- Maintain the position and relax for 30 seconds.
Flexors Release (With Lacrosse Ball)
- Position a lacrosse ball between your forearm and the table with your palm down.
- Roll the ball slowly on your forearm, focusing on tender spots.
- Complete 5-10 passes.
Wrist Extension (With Resistance Band)
- Place a band under your foot.
- Place your forearm on a table with your hand off the edge of the table
- Hold the band in your hand with your palm facing down.
- Bend your wrist upward, keeping your forearm still.
- Return and repeat 10 times for 2 sets.
Relieving Wrist Pain with Airrosti
Regardless of your profession or lifestyle, suffering from a wrist injury can keep you from doing the things you love most. If you’re currently dealing with nagging wrist pain and can’t find relief, consider seeking out your nearest Airrosti Provider.
At Airrosti, our Providers are trained to deliver conservative and effective treatment by accurately diagnosing the cause of your wrist stiffness and treating it at the source. You will receive a personalized treatment plan, as well as resources and tools to encourage recovery at home.
Don’t live with the pain, fix it. Schedule an appointment with Airrosti today and get back to enjoying life pain-free!
For more information, call us at (800) 404-6050.
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