Chefs, after a long and hard day working in the kitchen- do you ever find that you suffer from stiff and painful hands?
If so, then you could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel syndrome- A painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones through a passage at the front of the wrist. It may be caused by continual repetitive movements or by fluid retention..
Follow these quick and easy exercises that require hardly any effort to free those wrists..
1. Shake It All About
This is pretty self-explanatory, just shake your hands like you’ve just washed them and trying to air dry them. Do this for a minute or two every hour or so just to stretch out the muscles in your hand and the median nerve from getting cramped. Easy!
2. Stretch It Out
This is the hardest one- place one arm straight out in front of you with your elbow straight and fingers extended and slightly spread apart. Gently apply pressure to the top on the extended hand and push it as far down as you can. Hold this position for up to 20 seconds. Switch hands and repeat the exercise. After doing this a few times a day for 2-3 weeks you should notice a significant difference in the flexibility within your wrist.
3. Hand Pushups
Start with your fingers spread out, place your palms together and then push from your fingers outwards. This helps to stretch and relax the carpal tunnel structures and median nerves. Do this a few times, several hours apart throughout the day and you should see a difference.
Watch the video below for more information: