All that tap, tap, tapping on your computer for hours on end may help keep you in good stead with your boss, but your wrists on the other hand…they’re none too happy about it. The repetitive motion of typing and using a mouse can cause inflammation in the narrow parts of the wrists, leading to numbness and pain in the hands and fingers. People who work in jobs that require repetitive motion, especially ones that use heavy equipment, are also more prone to carpal tunnel issues. What’s more, women are three times more likely than men to have carpal tunnel syndrome, probably because they tend to have smaller wrists than men.
Practice these tips to keep your wrists bending, flexing, and free from pain:
- Take a break from repetitive tasks every 10 to 15 minutes to rest your hands and wrists. Bonus: Use that time to take a walk.
- Relax your grip. Practice doing tasks with a lighter touch.
- Stretch and strengthen. At least once every hour, make tight fists and release. Repeat three or four times. Next, press the palms of your hands together and push backward to the right and left, a few times in each direction. If you prefer gadgets, get a squeeze ball. Grip strength is one key to staying young!
"I exercise at least five times a week with stretching, Pilates, push-ups, planks, sit- ups, squats and light weights." Reba McEntire