In this video, I’m giving you three of my favorite exercises for RSI or repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis of the wrists and elbows. One is generally for getting your tendons moving. The second one is specifically for carpal tunnel. And the third one is a full-body series of stretches designed to help decompress nerves.
Stress is good, pain is bad
The thing to remember about any exercises that you're doing for any kind of repetitive strain is that you want to do them enough that you feel a little bit of stress, maybe even a little bit of discomfort, but you don't want to exacerbate your symptoms. These stretches are designed to get your body moving in ways that you don't make them move if you're sitting in front of a computer all day in a static posture.
So, keep that in mind as you're doing any of these: stress is good, that's how our body adapts, that's how it gets used to the forces we are putting on it. Pain, on the other hand, is not good. That's just going to exacerbate symptoms. We don't want to hurt ourselves doing any of these.
I’ve shown you my three favorite exercises in the video above. At the end of the day, the most important thing is you just get out of that static posture, move around, shake out your arms, and do whatever stretches feel good. Moving in ways that you ordinarily wouldn't move your body will keep all your muscles, tendons, and joints ready to move in all kinds of different ways.
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