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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises
What you need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) exercises:
CTS exercises can help relieve pain and increase your range of motion. Your healthcare provider or physical therapist can tell you how often to do the exercises.
- Finger extensions: Hold your fingers and thumb close together. Keep them straight. Put a rubber band around the outside of your fingers and thumb. Spread your fingers apart. Then slowly bring them together without letting the rubber band fall off. Repeat 40 times.
- Wrist flexor stretch: Hold your arm out straight. Grasp your fingers with your other hand. Slowly bend the fingers back (palm facing away) until you feel a stretch in your wrist. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
- Wrist extensor stretch: Hold your arm out straight. Grasp your fingers with your other hand. Slowly bend the fingers and hand down (palm facing you) until you feel a stretch on top of your hand. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
- Wrist curls without weights: Sit in a chair with your forearm resting on your thigh or a table. With your palm facing down, flex your wrist up 3 inches and slowly lower it. Turn your forearm over and repeat with your palm facing up. Do each exercise 20 times.
- Shrugs: Stand with your arms by your side. Lift your shoulders up to your ears and hold for 1 second. Then pull your shoulders back, pinching your shoulder blades together. Hold for 1 second. Then relax your shoulders. Repeat 20 times.
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