Wrist Flossing: Yoga for Your Wrists

By
Nina Zolotow, RYT 500
Wrist exercises for yoga practice and for daily life

Yesterday I read a brief article in The New York Times titled “3 Ways to Relieve Work-From-Home Pains.” In the article, A.C. Shilton recommended some wrist stretches—yoga for your wrists— for people who have been working at home and spending a lot of time on their computers. 

The author said:

“‘Working all day at a computer can lead to overuse of some wrist muscles and underuse of others,’ said Abby Bales, a New York City-based physical therapist. Stretching your wrist flexors and extensors ‘prevents the wrist from getting locked into a smaller range.’”

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