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Jonathan Pozniak

Wrist discomfort usually occurs when the muscles used to stabilize the wrist stay in one position for long periods of time while you type, write, or grip.

Wrist and Finger Stretch (shown)

What It Does: Eases tension that builds up in the hands, wrists, and forearms.

How to Do It: Extend your right arm out in front of you. Use your left hand to stretch your right hand's fingers and palm back as far as is comfortable. Hold for 30 seconds, rest, and repeat, then switch hands.

To Prevent It

  • When typing, keep your wrists in a straight, neutral position (not bent up or down).
  • Place your keyboard at a distance that allows you to work with your elbows close to your sides and your arms parallel to the floor, without making you reach for the keys. Put your mouse close enough to your hand so that you can use it while keeping your wrist straight.
  • Take breaks and stretch during hand-intensive tasks, like sewing, gardening, and typing.
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