This is a great way to self-stretch the forearm muscles when they are tight or overworked. Check out the following video and bulleted points to ensure you’re maximizing benefits and minimizing risks!
- Place your forearm on a bench or table at a comfortable height.
- Turn your hand over, open your fingers up and pull them back and up, as shown.
- Place your other forearm down on the thick portion or tightest part of the outside of your forearm.
- From here, slowly move your hand down and close your fist, stretching your forearm and fingers as far down as possible.
- Release the pressure on the forearm, reset your fist, and restart the stretch.
- Complete 5-10 repetitions, then switch sides.
This stretch works very well to relieve tension and muscle cramps in the forearm extensors (outside of the forearm) that results from overworked arms or too much computer work, or even heavy lifting or too much tennis. With regular stretching, you can relieve this tension and decrease risk of tendon injury.