Tennis Ball Exercises for Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder that can develop in your hands or wrists from repetitive use or an injury that causes the median nerve in your wrist to become inflamed. One way minor cases can be treated is by using a common item you most likely have around your house -- a tennis ball. Yes, that yellow, fuzzy item that you play tennis with or teach your dog to fetch can be used to treat your carpal tunnel through four different exercises.
The first way to alleviate carpal tunnel with a tennis ball is to follow a simple squeezing routine. Hold the ball in the center of your hand, squeeze it for five seconds and release your grip. "Ultimately, what this does is strengthen your wrists. As your wrist muscles get stronger, they protect the sheaths that the tendons go through that cause carpal tunnel syndrome," says the website Muscle Building Techniques. Do as many repetitions as needed. The best time to do this is while watching TV, as it can pass the time during those annoying commercial breaks.
Place a tennis ball on a table and the palm of your hand on top of the ball. Roll your hand around the ball, making circular and up and down motions, then do the same with the other hand. This relaxes and relieves tension in your wrists, hands and fingers, according to MicroMoves.
Use a tennis ball to massage your aching wrists and alleviate carpal tunnel pain. "Using a tennis ball and your other hand, gently massage the tendons through the forearm and wrist in a circular motion along the length of the arm," explains musician David Sawyer.
Finger Stretch Exercise
Sawyer also recommends a finger stretch exercise for carpal tunnel syndrome. While standing up, put your hand flat on a table and put a tennis ball under one finger at a time. Do this for eight seconds for each finger. This exercise stretches out tendons that run from your fingers through your wrists.
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David Longnecker started his writing career in college as an intern for ChristianBeats. He has been published in "Breakaway Magazine," covered fantasy sports for several online publications and currently serves as an Web writer/producer. Longnecker holds a bachelor's degree in religious education and a master's degree in professional writing from Chatham University.