8 Hand Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is something many people have problem with. The pain can get worse if the hands are often used, and we know we need our hands for everything.
Usually with arthritis people feel pain in the arm which may worsen with time. This will stop the hands from working properly.
Also, this disease affects the hand joints, so it leads to pain and numbness. Therefore, you need to incorporate hand exercises in your treatment, in order to relieve the pain, increase the flexibility and extend the range of motion.
Arthritis can ease up once you start doing exercises to your hands that will relieve the pain.
Make sure you soak your hands into warm water before doing any exercises. You can also dip your hands in some warm paraffin wax.
This will help your muscles and joints of the hand relax.
Here are the exercises that you can do to help against the arthritis pain:
- Thumb Bend
Hold the hand straight, bend the thumb in the direction of the palm and stretch as much as you can. You should attempt to touch the pinky finger with the thumb, but if you cannot, just stretch it well. Hold this position for several seconds and then return the thumb to the initial position. Repeat 10 times with both hands.
- Make A Fist
Keep the right hand straight, make a fist and place the thumb out. You should relax the hand, and slowly open it until the fingers are straight again. Repeat 10 times, and then do the same with the left hand.
- Finger Lift
Your left hand should be flat on the table, with the palm down. Raise each finger off the table, hold it for a few seconds, and return it to the initial position. Repeat with the fingers of both hands.
- Make an O
- Straighten the left hand, and try to make an “o” by pushing the fingers inward. Hold the position for several seconds, and then release. Repeat this exercise at least 3 times with both hands.
- Finger Bands
Keep the left hand straight and then bend the thumb in the direction of your palm. Hold for several seconds, and return the thumb in the initial position. Then, bend the index finger in the direction of the palm, and hold for several seconds before you straighten it. Repeat this with all your fingers, with both hands.
- Wrist Stretch
You should start with the arm out and the palm turned downwards. Then, use the other hand to press it gently in order to feel the stretching. Hold this position for several seconds. Repeat it 10 times with both hands.
- Table Bend
Put your left pinky close to the table, point the thumb up, and bend the rest of the fingers in order to form an L. Hold for several seconds, and straighten them. Repeat it 10 times with both hands.
- Fan and Fist
Start with the hand in a neutral position, with straightened fingers. Then, slowly spread the fingers in order to form a fan. Then, make a fist and remain thus for 5 seconds. Repeat this twice a day with both hands.
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