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Brad,
      I was wondering if you should stretch the wrist muscles before the extrinsic finger muscles or if I should stretch them together? Also when doing a the wrist flexor stretch when you are "doing the stop gesture" andpulling the fingers and wrist into extension, i feel it more in the fingers especially the ring finger. Any suggestions?

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Hi Rick,

Both ways are good. Isolating one muscle group at a time allows you to focus more on each muscle, but it's also good to combine muscle groups as this simulates "real-world" activities more closely.

And it's quite normal to "feel" the stretch in different places. Some people will feel it more in the wrist, while others will feel it more in the fingers. It's just an indication as to where you are more tight.

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.


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I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and StretchCoach.com.

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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at About.com, Athletes.com and BodyBuilding.com.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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