Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Is Wrist Pain Your Common Complaint?

Wrist pain is a common difficulty people experience with varying causes ranging from sudden injuries, repetitive stress, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. People also experience wrist pain in weight bearing exercises where hand and forearm are at 90-degree angles to each other. However, according to "Arthritis Today", exercise is a proven way to relieve arthritis pain and improve joint function. The Sports Injury Clinic states that Pilates will not make your pain worse or your joints more painful, instead you should expect improvement. If you do experience pain within your Pilates & Yoga practice during exercises such as cobra and plank, an easy solution is to decrease the angle of the wrist. Your first line of defense should be to make sure that you are not collapsing your body weight onto the wrist. There has to be an intention to lift up out of the wrist even as the body weight is supported. If that doesn't do the trick, a small pad, lifting and supporting the heel of the hand, can decrease the angle of the wrist enough to take pressure off the wrist joint. At the studio you can also request to use one of our wrist guards which will greatly decrease wrist discomfort.

Check out this great video for some grip strength exercises that can be don right at your desk to improve the strength of your hands, wrists and forearms.