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Ganglion Cysts: 5 Simple Exercises for Relief

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Joints and tendons of the hand and wrist are prone to developing ganglion cysts, which are benign growths. These cysts, which can be either round or oval in form, are filled with a thick, jellylike fluid. Although ganglion cysts can occur at any age, they are more frequent in women and those who often use their hands and wrists in activities that cause repeated stress, such as typing or using a mouse.

The growing use of technology and the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles have contributed to the rise in the incidence of ganglion cysts in today's culture. Ganglion cysts may have been less prevalent in the past because people were more physically active and did not do as many repetitive hand and wrist movements as we do today.

There are a number of activities that can assist those with ganglion cysts increase their mobility, lessen their discomfort, and speed up their recovery. To get you started here are the first five:

1.Flexion of the wrist. For a few seconds, hold your wrist in a forward bent position as part of this exercise.

2. Extending the wrist. The goal of this exercise is to maintain a backward bend in the wrist for a few seconds.

3. The aforementioned thumb flex. The thumb is gently stretched as the hand is held out to the side.

4. Fingers spread. Holding your fingers out to the side and gradually extending them is a great workout.

5. Possession of the hand. Hand and wrist strength can be improved by gripping a stress ball or other hand gripper.

Sports massage has the potential to increase blood flow and ease muscular tightness. Any new treatment plan should be discussed with a doctor to ensure it is both safe and effective for the patient.

Although ganglion cysts are mostly harmless, it's crucial to know that they can nevertheless cause pain and hinder hand and wrist movement. Sometimes it's essential to remove it surgically. However, relaxation, physical therapy and specialised exercises are often sufficient for the conservative management of ganglion cysts.

This blog post's contents are intended solely for educational reasons. Do not use this information in place of a doctor's visit, tests, or prescribed medication. If you want advice tailored to your unique situation, talk to your doctor.

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