These stretches are really good for anyone who uses their arms a lot at work or play - and yes, that does cover just about everyone. If you do not regularly and thoroughly stretch your forearms you can end up with really achy arms, or even Carpal Tunnel Type symptoms. You may even find that you start loosing power when you grip/grasp things, and/or lift anything ... even your coffee cup, and that's serious stuff.
The stretches for today are very simple and easy to do regularly throughout your day, and focuses mainly on the muscles of the forearm exstensor group. They are very similar to the stretches from Week #8, but those stretches included the muscles of the forearm flexor group as well. You can certainly do all of these stretches, but always remember that they are not the same, and they target different muscles. As you do these stretches, the differences between them will become very obvious, just be sure to remember which stretch you are doing and don't blend them together. If you do blend them together you will end up doing none of the stretches correctly or effectively and in essence just be wasting your time.
Don't ever under estimate the importance of stretching and the benefits it holds.
This stretch is beneficial to anyone recovering from Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Thrower's Elbow, Wrist Sprain, Wrist Dislocation, Wrist Tendonitis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and/or Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome.
Always rememberthat while stretching may be recommended to aid recovery out of injury, you should always be very careful when stretching through rehabilitation. Your soft tissues are likely to be more vulnerable to re-injury if you stretch too much or too hard during this time. Always check with your Health Care Professional who is guiding you through your recovery to make sure it is appropriate to start stretching, and please - ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES FOR SAFE STRETCHING (The first posting on this stretching blog).
Image taken from "Upper Body Stretches" wall chart by B. Walker.