Wrist and hand pain is common in gamers from using gaming controllers and/or hand held gaming devices like the Nintendo Switch or DS. This is the case with my buddy Ray from the YouTube channel Raymond Strazdas. He stopped by to get some wrist and hand stretches for gamers.
When gaming, you can have a lot of tightness in your fingers, thumbs, wrists, elbows and even your shoulders and back. Starting off with some wrist range of motion exercises will help loosen up the area. Wrist flexion and extension, as well as radial deviation and ulnar deviation will help relieve some pain.
Wrist flexor and extensor stretches are a great way to get rid of wrist and elbow tightness. Since these muscles in tendons are in your hand, wrist, and attach at the elbow, it’s important to stretch the whole arm.
Then stretching the thumbs, fingers into flexion and extension, and the webbing between the fingers really help relieve tension when you have been using them for long periods.
A great way to strengthen the thumbs and fingers is to use a rubber band. It’s easy to find, and really helps strengthen the extensor muscles.
A chin tuck is not only a great stretch for your neck muscles, but it also helps reset the muscles to correct your posture.
A chest stretch will also help correct your posture and open up your chest to relieve tightness through the area. You can do this standing with your hands clasped behind your back, or you can stand in a corner and use the walls to help you stretch.