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Typing can Affect Hand Mobility: Here’s a Yoga Remedy

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By Kate Wharmby Seldman

In our computer-centric society, we spend a great deal of time at the keyboard – but years of typing can affect our hands’ mobility. British newspaper The Guardian’s Health and Wellbeing section today featured an article on hand health, and proposed an interesting remedy – yoga for hands.

The more time you’ve spent typing in your life, the more your palm will become concave. Your fingers will curve around. Eventually, it may become painful to stretch your fingers back out again. Pam Horton, a British yoga teacher, shared a yoga exercise with The Guardian to remedy this problem.

Put your elbow to your side. Lift your left hand with your palm upwards, and let your thumb go out to the side, rather than trying to keep it close to the other fingers. Make sure your forearm, wrist and palm are all in a straight line from your elbow, as if you were carrying a tray.

Lift your right hand up, keeping the palm down. "Make a kind of crocodile's mouth with the thumb as the lower jaw,” says Horton, “and the four fingers as the upper jaw. Grip the fingers of your left hand in this mouth, with your right thumb forming a supportive beam beneath the four knuckles of your left fingers where they join the hand.”

Now use your right hand to bend your fingers back, just below the level of your palm, so you feel them stretch. Be gentle. Hold for 12 seconds. Repeat the exercise, and then switch to the other hand. Do this yoga hand exercise three times a day.

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