Best Exercises for Injured Wrists
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The wrist is one of the most important joints of the body to our everyday lives, as it is involved in pretty much everything we do. From shaking hands, to opening doors, to typing on a keyboard, the multitude of little bones in between our hands and forearms work their little hearts out day in, day out. That's why it's only fair, considering what they do for us, that we take a little time out and help our wrists stay healthy, or recover after an injury.
Give Back to Your Wrists
At WristSupports.co.uk, we're obviously an authority on all things wrist brace-, support- and splint-related, but there's more to keeping a healthy wrist than choosing the right protective product. That's why we've put together a short guide of some of our favourite wrist exercises to strengthen and stretch the area to keep it healthy.
These exercises are great for rehabilitating your wrist once they have recovered and rested, and they're also excellent for keeping your wrists in ship shape at other times too. If you spend long hours at a keyboard, take part in strenuous sports, or work in an active and demanding field, these simple exercises can help your wrists stay healthy, avoid injury, and remain the useful little workhorses they've always been.
Before we begin, we should stress that these exercises shouldn't be done with a freshly injured wrist. Whether you've suffered a sprain, carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, you should never put too much pressure on a swollen or especially painful wrist. After suffering an injury to your wrist, before beginning to stretch and strengthen the area, you need to follow the well-known principles of RICE.
Best Exercises for an Injured Wrist
Once your symptoms have significantly decreased after going through the RICE process, you're ready to help build your wrists back up again. These exercises will help to strengthen the ligaments in your wrist, rehabilitating them to a point where they will be less prone to injury. Since wrists are more prone to damage after injury, it's important to take these slowly and stop at any point if you feel pain.
Exercise 1: Wrist Flexor Stretch (Repeat Three Times)
Exercise 2: Wrist Extensor Stretch (Repeat Three Times)
Exercise 3: Clenched Fists (Repeat 10 times)
Exercise 4: Thumb Pushing Exercise (Repeat Three Times)
Exercise 5: Thumb Pulling Exercise (Repeat Three Times)
Protect Your Wrists
While there are plenty of exercises we can do to help strengthen our wrists, once they've been injured they will much more likely to become injured again. This doesn't have to stop you from doing the things you love, though, as there are plenty of supports and braces available to protect your wrist while allowing enough movement to carry on with your day. At Wrist Supports.co.uk, we stock a range of Wrist Supports for Injury Prevention, helping you take part in activities with the peace of mind that your wrists have the support they need. To browse our Wrist Supports for Injury Prevention, click HERE.