Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Daily Lipid Podcast Episode 8: The Two-Minute Hack Every Computer Junkie Should Be Doing for Their Wrists

In this short episode, I describe how voodoo flossing my computer-damaged wrists has made a tremendous difference in my ability to tolerate weight lifting (especially Olympic lifting) without wrist pain. I don't think you need to lift weights to benefit from this (though I think you should lift weights). I think this is something that has the potential to provide great benefit to anyone who uses a computer a lot.

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I use a protocol from Kinetics Sports Rehab that I modify slightly to make my own, which builds on a concept developed by Kelly Starrett of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD. 

I think this is something that has the potential to provide great benefit to anyone who uses a computer a lot. Since it only takes 1-2 minutes per day per wrist, it's worth a shot!

This is the video that forms the basis of the protocol I use

This is the voodoo floss I use. 

For the addition to the protocol that I describe in the podcast, I use this band (mine is blue, not that it matters) and this door anchor. Those are Amazon affiliate links so if you have an aversion to affiliate links you can use this and this link. I got mine locally at Paragon Sports in Union Square, and pretty much any door anchor thick resistance band capable of bearing a lot of tension would work.

MobilityWOD, the baby of Kelly Starrett of San Francisco CrossFit, is a great resource for mobility exercises and gear in general. He is best known for his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, and has more recently written Ready to Run and Deskbound.


  1. Can accomplish just as, if not more effective wrist and hand stretching with Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) without needing ANY gear.

    When I was working in Hollywood doing 80 hours a week as a Sound Supervisor on a movie, I learned just four of these stretches and reversed carpal tunnel that was headed for surgery.

    Be well,
    Ben Fury

    1. Hi Ben,

      Thank you for sharing this. I do believe that stretching is important, and this looks good. But the full round of these stretches is 20 minutes per day, vs 2-4 minutes of voodoo flossing. So I think for a limited time, the voodoo floss is a great way to get something highly useful for the wrists every day while having some routine of static stretches that rotates through many of the useful ones that could be within a stretching menu. I happen to think that compression, dynamic movements, stretching, and strength training all play important roles and that they are not interchangeable, so I think on that note voodoo flossing is a great way to add compression into the mix for someone who is only doing one of the other pieces of the puzzle.


  2. I'll try this. I've been milking a cow twice a day and my hands go numb and my wrists are really starting to hurt when I do any sort of heavy work with them like gardening or pruning. Thanks!

  3. Hi Chris. I've seen Kelly demo this technique for other body parts, but your experience with it on your wrists has pushed me to buy a set and try it for myself. Thanks for continuing to share!
    p.s. I also enjoyed your yoga block episode. I keep a yoga block & lacrosse practice ball (softer then a game ball, similar to the Yoga Tune Up balls) under the kitchen island so I can stretch my calves and roll my feet while I'm doing dishes or prepping food.

    1. Melissa,

      Great! I look forward to hearing how it works for you.



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