Hands, wrists, and thumbs play a huge part in our movements, particularly when it comes to any pulling, pushing, or lifting movements. Unfortunately, it isn’t until they become overwhelmingly sore that we stop to pay them some attention and alleviate some of the stress they are under.
When we consider that our hands, wrists, and thumbs basically take the brunt of numerous power movements, it’s no surprise that they become fatigued and sensitive over time. Movements such as push-ups and handstands, Olympic lifts, and grip-based movements like pull-ups and kettlebell work generate a load of tension through our hands, and without some form of pre-hab, they are likely to become tense, tight, and uncooperative. Given that they aren’t a large muscle group that we can foam-roll out or massage, we need to be more precise with our motility strategy. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis are not uncommon in athletes who give their hands, wrists, and thumbs a hiding, but overlook the need to mobilise or implement a recovery strategy. With our hands out of the equation, our training, exercise, and movement options become a lot less diverse.
Whilst looking through other blogs and YouTube channels reviewing how others handle their own mobility needs, we found this great 10 minute program on stretching out our hands, wrists, and thumbs. They are fairly basic movements but for anyone who does a lot of work that puts strain on their hands and wrists, it’s worth implementing into their weekly mobility regime.