by By Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01, 2009

These lower-back and carpal-tunnel exercises come from Dr. Margaret Lewin, medical director of Cinergy Health (

For lower-back pain:

• Stand up and stretch, and find an excuse to walk around for a few minutes every half-hour.

• While sitting forward in your chair, let your body slump forward as far as it can comfortably go, and hold for 15 seconds.

• With your fingers on your shoulders raise your elbows. Keeping your feet planted firmly on the floor, gently and slowly rotate to the right and then to the left. Repeat three times.

• While sitting all the way back in your chair and breathing evenly, drop your shoulders and do a Kegel maneuver (a "butt squeeze") and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat three times.

• Bend your right knee and use your hands to pull your leg up gently and slowly toward your chest; hold for five seconds. Repeat three times. Do the same with your left knee.

• With your hands clasped on the top of your head, bend gently and slowly to your left and then to your right. Hold each position for five seconds and repeat three times.
For aching wrists and carpal-tunnel trouble:

• Stand with your arms hanging loosely at your sides and shake them for a few seconds.

• Sitting back in your chair, stretch your arms out in front of you and bend your hands back toward your face and hold the position for five seconds. Then drop your hands and let your fingers relax for five seconds.

• Hold a tight fist for five seconds. Keeping your fists tight, bend your wrists down and hold for five seconds.

• Drop your hands again, letting your fingers relax for five seconds; repeat.