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Wrist exercises

Therapy exercises

This material has been designed to help you remember the exercises your therapist has taught and practised with you. The exercises should be done slowly. If you have any problems doing the exercises please contact your therapist on the details below

Wrist exercises (active)

Please do repetitions of each exercise times a day.

Wrist flex

Resting your forearm on a table bring the wrist up and down, trying to bend as far down as you can and bring up as far as you can.

Illustration of forearm resting on a table

Illustration of forearm resting on table and hand pointing down

Wrist side stretch

Move your wrist from side to side

Illustration of hand stretching from side to side

Forearm twist

Keep your elbow into your side and turn your palm to face up and face down.

Illustration of person with forearm out and palm facing up

 Wrist exercises (passive)

Please do repetitions of each exercise times a day.

Use your other hand to help you carry out these exercises and hold for seconds.

Palm stretch

Use your other hand holding the palm to bring back the wrist to feel a stretch.

Illustration of person using one hand to pull their fingers of their other hand back

Back of the hand stretch

Use your other hand to push down the wrist until you feel a gentle stretch.

Illustration of person pushing the back of their other hand into the inside of their forearm

Prayer wrist stretch

Put your hands together as if in prayer to stretch the wrist.  Keep your fingers straight.

Illustration of person bringing their palms together and pushing

Seated hand pushdown

In a sitting position, place your hands by your side with your fingers pointing behind you and gently push down.

Illustration of person sat down and pushing the palms of their hands into the chair next to them with elbows locked

Wall push

Put you hands flat against a wall and gently push against the wall to feel a stretch.

Illustration of person with hands up to a wall and pushing into it

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: RHM35

Resource Type: Article

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