Having spent many years as a guitarist, rock climber, remedial massage therapist, working building coolrooms squeezing off pop rivets and spent my fair share of time on the end of a shovel, I’ve never lacked strength in my hands and forearms, but definitely neglected flexibility.
Excess tension through the forearms can rob tension from further up the kinetic chain (shoulder, neck, jaw) and lead to potential pain and altered movement patterning.
Here are 5 drills that I have found most valuable to help restore usable flexibility to my hands and forearms.
To Begin, keep your bodyweight back through your hips/knees/feet and slowly explore these positions. Don’t push through pain or discomfort. Listen to your body and should you need further help, work with a practitioner who can give you a quality assessment to determine the right correctives for your body.