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Carpal Tunnel Handstand Sequence

I’m not a doctor (but I’m Indian so maybe like 40%)….

But around 10 years ago at the age of 26 my wrists started hurting a bunch from being on a computer a bazillion hours a day.

I’d frequently have to stop working and rub my wrists.

Even at the young-and-dumb age of 26 I knew this seemed WAY too early to be experiencing wrist pain. I looked up all these carpal tunnel stretches and made half-assed attempts to do them every few hours. It didn’t really work.

Then in November 2010 I accidentally did the smartest thing ever: I wanted to learn how to hold a handstand:

Doing a handstand circa November 2010.

November 2010 Goal was to hold a handstand.

After about a full month of daily practice, I was able to hold a strong handstand for nearly a full minute. I’m still able to do a pretty solid handstand today:

Carpal Tunnel HandstandsStill my go-to party trick….


What I was inadvertently doing with these handstands is putting my entire ~180 lbs of weight on two wrists and stretching them out!

handstand weight on wrists

After doing this for a month……I remember asking, “Whatever happened to that wrist pain stuff I used to have??”

It had simply gone away! 8+ years later, it’s still gone.

Despite using multiple devices all day long in weird positions, I’ve never had any returning symptoms of carpal tunnel till this day, and I accredit that dramatic shift to occasionally busting out a handstand a few times a week!

If you’re interested, here’s how I personally learned to do a handstand:

stickman handstand


After doing this routine each morning and each night, I was able to hold my entire weight for about a minute within 1 or 2 weeks with no pain. It was around this time any signs of carpal tunnel had gone away.

Hopefully this helps someone else out there….I will then challenge you to a handstand-off 🙂


P.S. Original handstand posts on my personal blog:


P.P.S. If you’re a writer or computer monkey like many of us here, how have YOU managed to stave off carpal tunnel (or does it frequently bother you)?

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