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Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Use your computer mouse a lot? This simple exercise can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Too much time at the computer can put you at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Houshang Seradge, of the Orthopaedic and Reconstructive Center in Oklahoma City, developed 13 exercises to help relieve pressure that repetitive physical stress can cause.

Here's one of the exercises, which you can do during breaks several times a day.

1. Stand with your arms relaxed at your side.

2. Lift your right arm out in front of you to shoulder level with the palm facing up. Spread fingers and bend your wrist until fingers point down to the floor.

3. Bring your fingers and wrist up, forming a tight fist. Flex wrist toward you.

4. Bend elbow, pulling fist toward your face.

5. Rotate the arm out toward the side (like you are making a muscle) with the arm still bent and fist held. Turn your head toward the fist.

6. Straighten elbow and fingers. Bend your wrist, pointing fingers toward the floor. Slowly turn your head toward the opposite shoulder. Repeat steps 1-6 with left arm.

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