Side to Side Wrist Flexor Stretch

Side to Side Wrist Flexor Stretch

The side-to-side wrist flexor stretch is a simple yet effective exercise that targets the wrist flexor muscles, improving flexibility, reducing tension, and promoting better mobility. By gently alternating between the left and right sides while maintaining a flexed wrist position, this stretch provides relief for tightness in the forearms and wrists, which can result from repetitive activities.

Ideal for athletes and those who perform tasks involving extensive wrist use, such as typing, weightlifting, or rock climbing, the side-to-side wrist flexor stretch helps alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of injury by enhancing mobility. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals prone to repetitive strain injuries or conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.

Incorporate this stretch into your warm-up or cooldown routine to maintain wrist health and flexibility. Adjust the intensity by varying the angle and applying gentle pressure to find the right stretch. Regularly practicing the side-to-side wrist flexor stretch will help improve wrist mobility, relieve muscle tension, and promote functional movement patterns for pain-free daily activities.

Equipment Needed

Open floor or yoga mat

wrist flexor stretch Instructions:

  1. Start on all 4s and place your hands flat in front of you with fingers pointing out
  2. Move your hands together if you want more of a stretch or apart for less
  3. Keeping your hands flat, rock to one side stretching the wrist flexors
  4. Hold for a 5+ count
  5. Switch sides
  6. Repeat for the prescribed amount of repetitions

Common Error

Don’t allow your palms to come off of the floor when leaning.

Side to Side Wrist Flexor Stretch Progressions / Regressions:

If this is too challenging:

  • Spread your hands apart

If you want more of a challenge:

  • Bring your hands closer together

 

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