The Best Stretches and Exercises for Wrist Pain and Carpal Tunnel

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Yes, sitting is the new smoking, and that desk job might just kill you. But that’s not all. Sitting in front of a computer all day might also be causing you a lot of pain right now, in your hands and wrists.

Carpal tunnel syndrome—characterized by pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand caused by a compressed median nerve, a major nerve running through your wrist—is super-common, especially given the posture many of us maintain all day while pecking away at our keyboards.

Why Your Wrists Hurt

“The wrists are like bottlenecks of the body, and sitting at a desk typing or using your phone for a long time will cause stagnation and stop the flow of blood through them,” says Krissy Jones, co-founder of Sky Ting Yoga in New York City, who often hears complaints of wrist pain from students in the studio. “The muscles in the wrist get tight and…

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