Active Flexor Tendon Stretch | Early Intervention Ergonomics

What is the Active Flexor Tendon Stretch?

This is an excellent stretch to replenish nutrients and re-oxygenate the distal upper extremity. This composite stretch originates at the common wrist flexor tendon of the medial epicondyle. It pulls all the way down to the deep and superficial tendons that pass through the annular pulleys of the fingers. Perform this stretch to give your body rest when performing forceful gripping, repetitive gripping, awkward or sustained postures of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Also, used to prevent common disorders such as golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tendinitis, tendinosis, and muscle strain.

Active flexor tendon stretch is a type of stretching exercise that targets the flexor tendons in the hands and wrists. This stretch involves extending the arm with the palm facing down. Then use the other hand to gently pull the fingers back towards the wrist until you feel a stretch in the palm and wrist area.

Early Intervention Benefits

The early intervention benefits of doing the active flexor tendon stretch include:

  • Improved flexibility and range of motion in the hand and wrist. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes, musicians, and individuals who perform repetitive hand and wrist movements.
  • Increased circulation to the hand and wrist area, which can help to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Reduced risk of developing conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other hand and wrist injuries.
  • Improved grip strength, which can be helpful for individuals who perform tasks that require a strong grip, such as weightlifting, manual labor, or rock climbing.

Things to Remember

Overall, incorporating the active flexor tendon stretch into your regular exercise routine can help to improve your life. More specifically, the health and function of your hands and wrists, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance your overall physical performance. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program. This is especially important if you have a history of hand or wrist injuries or medical conditions.

If you experience any pain or discomfort during the stretch or have specific concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for guidance tailored to your individual needs.

These early intervention exercises are to improve overall health & fitness as well as help reduce work-related injuries.

If you have an injury or illness, consult with a health care professional before attempting.

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