It’s incredible how hard we work our fingers, wrists, forearms, and upper body when we type for work. Considering that most of us spend a third of our lives at work and type majority of our time there, it’s not surprising that all the typing can produce repetitive stress injuries to our wrists, other physical pain, and mental and emotional discomfort.
Harvard.edu says, “Just as in athletics, stretching is essential for preventing injury. You should stretch your wrists before you start typing, and when you take breaks throughout the day.”
Fortunately, there are simple yoga stretches we can do to bring balance to our overworked and strained fingers, wrists, forearms, and upper bodies.
Below are a few yoga stretches you can do in your office that will release tension and bring balance back to your arms and upper body; the parts of your body that help you type.
Please be sure to breathe through these stretches and to repeat them during your breaks at work.
Front of the Wrist Stretch
Hold for 7-10 breaths.
Extend your left arm out in front of you. Like you’re saying stop with your left hand, fold at the wrist with your fingers facing up and the palm facing forward. Open up all of your fingers and with your right hand, grab the left fingers from the top of the hand and fold in toward you. Hold for 7-10 breaths and repeat on the other side
Interlace your fingers loosely in front of your chest. Make figure eight shapes by rolling your wrists. Then repeat going the other direction.