This video demonstrates some simple hand and wrist stretching exercises that may help you prevent the carpal tunnel syndrome that can otherwise cause acute pain.

You’re working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you’ve had for months in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.

BoingBoing author Richard Metzer says he and his wife have been following the instructions in the video and could see a difference within few days.

Give it a try if your work involves sitting in front of the computer for long hours.