Posted by: ugleepen | January 19, 2012

An Easy Exercise to Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), or to alleviate mild to  moderate CTS symptoms, Dr. Housang Seradge, of the University of Oklahoma Orthopedic and Reconstructive Research Foundation, has developed exercises that are easy but very beneficial. Below is an example.

1. Extend and stretch both wrists and fingers acutely as if they are in a hand-stand position. Hold for a count of 5

2. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers

3. Make a tight fist with both hands.

4. Then bend both wrists down while keeping the fist. Hold for a count of 5

5. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers, for a count of 5

Do 10 repetitions.

As always, check with your physician before attempting any exercise. Cease immediately if you feel pain. And please note that Dr. Seradge does not recommend this exercise for people with severe CTS symptoms.

This is a good exercise to do as a “warm up” prior to working at your desk, the same as joggers do stretching exercises prior to running. Take a quick break every couple of hours throughout your workday to perform this exercise, as well.

This exercise is simple, easy, and extremely beneficial. Another simple, easy, and very beneficial way of alleviating CTS discomfort is using the best ergonomic pen available when writing.  The UGLee Pen allows you to write without putting excess stress or strain on the tendons that go through the carpal tunnel, thus preventing or alleviating repeated stress injuries to the hand and thumb.

Thank you to for these illustrations.



  1. Thanks so much for these!

  2. I have carpal tunnel syndrome & I also have neuropathy in both my hand & legs. Thanks for the exercise sheet.

  3. These little exercises are a great idea to help stretch out your hands and wrists. Thanks for the great tip.

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