Myofascial Release Yoga for Your Hands and Wrist Joints

by Melissa West on March 4, 2019

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Hands and Wrist Joints


If you have pain in your hands and wrist joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, spend hours a day on keyboards and smartphones, poor circulation, weak immune system, heart problems or high blood pressure, this rather simple myofascial yoga series for your hands and wrist joints will be a welcome relief for tired and cramped hands.

Inspired by the pawanmuktasana series, these yoga exercises and myofascial releases using the soft squash ball encourage flexibility and circulation to the fingers, hands, wrists and arms while strengthening the muscles of the wrists, shoulders, arms and back.

These yoga exercises for your hands and wrists relieve the tension from prolonged keyboarding, typing, gaming, hobbies like knitting, crocheting and cooking. Because we spend a lot of time overusing our thumbs on smartphones and the repetitive movements of our fingers, hands and wrists on keyboards for hours a day we have a lot of tension in our hands and wrists. This series reduces the pain and restores the natural range of motion in your hands and wrists.

These yoga exercises for your hand and wrists relieves rheumatoid arthritis and slows down its progression. The movements in this series will reduce wrist pain, relieve and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

The series helps to improve the circulation of blood and lymph in the body. As a result there is an improved immune function. In addition this series is excellent for people with heart problems and high blood pressure.

This short video offers myofascial release yoga with a soft squash ball. Myo means muscle and fascia refers to the network of connective tissue that surrounds and includes your muscle.

The fascial tissues get misaligned due to trauma, injury, poor movement patterns and emotional stress. Fascia is a system of proprioception. Fascia is rich in nerve endings, so it creates a direct pathway for nerve signals to flow to and from the brain which aids in proprioception, coordination and our ability to control our movements.

In this video we will use a soft squash ball to isolate the fascia of your hands allowing you to create a neurophysiological response that will enable more range of motion in your hands and wrists as well as greater ease of movement and less pain. The soft squash ball is a myofascial release tool that approximates the pressure that you could expect from a massage therapist’s thumb.

Using the soft squash ball on your hand creates a neuro-physiological response. The myofascial release influences your nervous system which actually governs the baseline tone of your muscle. Because your fascial system is rich in nerve endings, the gentle pressure on fascia communicates that there is no longer need for tension in that area.

In the case of this class, the myofascial release using the soft squash ball creates a neurological response that allows you to have greater range of motion in your hands and wrists, experience greater ease during movement and less pain.

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