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With all the ways we use our hands and wrists, it shouldn’t be a surprise when they experience a little pain. Pain doesn’t always mean something is wrong, but it is your body’s way of letting you know to slow down or to change your routine.

We are constantly moving, lifting, scrolling, typing…the possibilities of why you have some pain or weakness in your wrists are endless. As our phones and computers become an extension of our hands, this type of pain will become more apparent.

There are ways to care for your wrists, make them stronger, and keep the pain at bay. We rounded up the most useful tips to do so!

Do wrist exercises

There are countless exercises to do to help your wrist pain. All of them are relatively easy and can be done throughout the day, in the comfort of your own home. 

A few easy ones are:

  1.  The prayer stretch where you place your hands in the prayer position under your chin, press your fingers together, and hold for 30 seconds. You’ll feel the stretch in your hands and forearms. 
  2. The rubber band exercisewhich is when you place a rubber band across the tops of your fingers and stretch it back and forth. Repeat this up to 10 times in a row. 
  3. Wrist walking is when you place your wrists against a wall and walk them down as far as you can.

If you do one of these exercises once a day, you’ll build up your wrist strength in no time! 

Wear a brace

Keeping your wrist stationery can really help the pain but also build up strength. If your wrists are hurting, you should consider purchasing a wrist brace to wear for a few hours a day to build up the strength. It will stabilize your wrist, prevent any sudden movement, and give it time to reset and rest.

Use a wrist rest

If you’re someone who is at the computer all day long and you’re experiencing some weak wrists, it might be time to invest in better equipment. Place a wrist rest in front of your keyboard; this will help keep your wrists at a comfortable angle and give them a break when you’re typing and scrolling all day long. You can also try using an ergonomic mouse.

Take a break

When your wrists feel really weak and everything you do feels painful, it’s probably best to take a break from the devices and let your hands and wrists breathe.

If you are experiencing extreme wrist pain or weakness and persists or becomes unbearable, we do recommend reaching out to your doctor. However, these exercises will really help restore some strength in your wrists and keep them strong! 

xx, The FabFitFun Team