How the WristWand™
By Dr. Margaret
The WristWand™, when used properly as indicated in the instructions,
stretches the areas commonly under stress with routine use
of the computer keyboard. These are the medial tendons and
ligaments of the wrist (the 5th finger side). While gripping
the WristWand™ and internally rotating the forearms, a deep
stretch is obtained by passively deviating the wrist to the
radial or thumb side of the arm.
The connective tissues that are stretched include:
- the common tendon for the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle
- the abductor digiti minimi muscle
- the flexor digiti minimi muscle
- the opponens digiti minimi muscle
The ligaments involved are the medial wrist ligaments that
prevent excessive range of motion between the ulna (a long
bone of the forearm) and the pisiform (a small irregular bone
of the hand).
Regular stretching promotes circulation which improves the
blood flow to the working tissues and encourages tissue repair.
It reduces muscle tension, increases range of motion and helps
to prevent injury. Stretching also requires a change in position,
not only in the wrists, but in the arms, back and neck as
well, relieving the stress of previously held postures.
Source: Stretching. Bob Anderson. Shelter
Publications, Inc. Bolinas, California. 22nd Printing)
WristWand™ and Elbow Injuries
Before you attack the tennis courts, golf courses and other
sports venues, give your hard-working arm joints the respect
and attention they deserve.
Most people, including tennis players, baseball players and
golfers have poor stretching and warm up habits before beginning
their game. That is probably why they have common overuse
syndromes named after them such as Tennis Elbow and Golfers
Elbow. Often people who claim these maladies have never played
Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow are painful inflammatory conditions
that develop because of tearing, or irritation due to repetitive
stress or sudden intense injury to the flexor or extensor
muscles of the forearm. It can also be caused by repetitive
or violent rotation of the wrist while playing tennis, golf,
from playing piano or typing at a keyboard etc. Regardless,
the condition can be very painful and healing can take months,
years or it may never heal 100%.
Orthopedic specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center
at Dallas recommend you maintain the strength and flexibility
in your upper and lower arms to avoid elbow injuries. Proper
warm-up and stretching prior to and while playing tennis and
golf are important, as well as proper technique while playing
your game or sitting at your computer.
At the first sign of elbow pain the treatment is rest. Over
the counter anti-inflammatory medications and analgesics can
be helpful if you do not return to the offending activity
until the pain is at least 95% gone. Deep massage with ice
is also indicated to reduce inflammation. Elbow straps, sold
in sporting-goods stores have been proven to aggravate other
problems and are not recommended at this time. After a few
days of rest and icing procedures passive range of motion
and stretching with a WristWand should commence to improve
joint mobility and increase the strength of the tendons and
ligaments. Mobility should be improved first and then active
exercises, or exercises done with weights, can be attempted
after the pain has disappeared with stretching and passive
range of motion.