3 Hand Stretches You Need If You Type for Hours on End

There are a lot of us who spend the majority of our workday at our desk. While we love and admire a good work ethic, not taking the occasional break can lead to some serious health problems. Plus, it's not like we really take a break once we're off of work. We're usually on our phones, still typing away and overworking our hands and fingers. That's where hand stretches become really important.

"When you're sitting at your desk at a 9-to-5 job, you should take time, about three to five minutes, and stretch your arms and your hands and your forearms," says physical therapist Scott A. Weiss, DPT, ATC, CSCS. "Proper stretching can help ward off tendinitis and nerve entrapments of the wrist and hand."

We asked Weiss to walk us through three hand stretches we can do at our desks so that we can give our hands the break we need without taking time away from our work that needs to be done. He suggests doing each stretch for 30 seconds to a minute.

"It's very important to make sure to get across to readers that stretching is not about intensity; it's about duration," he says. You can't really stretch wrong, but he says to remember to keep everything straight to get the most of your stretch. With those things in mind, you should be good to go.

Scroll down to see the three hand stretches you should be doing at your desk every day.


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