Employers have a responsibility to uphold the health and safety of their employees. Failure to meet these responsibilities may result in serious legal liabilities. But that shouldn’t be your sole reason for promoting health and safety in the workplace. Your employees after all, are your greatest assets, and keeping them happy and healthy can be a key factor in the success of your business.
If your employees spend a lot of time in front of a computer, then one of the biggest risks that they may face is carpal tunnel syndrome, as any occupational health company will tell you. Repetitive motion aggravates the carpal tunnel; however, doing specific wrist exercises designed to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome can reduce these types of injuries. Here are three of them:
This is done by firmly pressing each finger to their counterpart in the other hand and making them do “push ups,” steepling the fingers by spreading them as far apart as you can when your palms come together. This deceptively simple exercise stretches the carpal tunnel structures, palmar fascia and median nerve and loosens them up for the workday ahead.
Shake it off
If you’ve seen the Taylor Swift music video bearing the same title, then you know how this is done. Basically, all you need to do is shake your hands vigorously as if you’re trying to dry them off. This keeps the hand muscles and median nerve from cramping during the day.
This exercise is done by holding out your hand in front of you with your elbow straight and fingers extended. Use your other hand to gently apply pressure to outstretched hand until the wrist and fingers are pointing all the way down. When you can’t bend your wrist any longer, keep it there for approximately 20 seconds. Do the same for the other hand.
Remind your employees to try to do these exercises every hour. If they can manage to do these on a regular basis, they’re bound to notice significant improvement in their wrist’s flexibility, not to mention keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.
Please be reminded that these exercises are advisable only for those who display mild to no symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. For more serious cases, please take your employee to an occupational healthcare company such as U.S. HealthWorks to undergo checkup.
3 Wrist Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel, HealthLine.com