Arm Stretches on the Wall for the Median Nerve

Stretching the median nerve can lighten the pressure in your arms and elbows.
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It's noon and after working for several hours at your computer, you feel a numbing pain radiating from your middle and index finger through your wrist and forearm. Rather than taking a pain-killer, stretch and move your arms and wrists to alleviate the pressure that is placed on your median nerve, a nerve that extends from your lower cervical spine, through your arm and out into your thumbs, index finger and middle finger. As long as you get up and move around, you can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other pain in your hands, wrists and forearms.

Standing Median Nerve Stretch

Step 1

Stand with your right side of your body facing a wall and with your feet about hip-distance apart.

Step 2

Place your right hand against the wall with your fingers slightly curled so that your finger pads are touching the wall.

Step 3

Exhale slowly as you turn your torso slightly to your left. You should feel a stretch radiating through your forearm, wrist, hand and fingers. Hold the stretch for five to six deep breaths. Repeat the stretch on the opposite hand.

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