Prevention is key when it comes to certain conditions and we encourage people to protect their hands and arms. Here are some other things you can do to strengthen and protect two of your most important tools, your hands. Doing exercises that strengthen your hand and arm muscles can save you from tears or breaks.
To prevent painful conditions caused by repetitive motions reduce the speed and force of repetitive movements in activities such as hammering, typing, etc. Another tip is to use your whole hand to grasp an object. This reduces the stress on your wrist as opposed to only gripping with your thumb and index finger. Also an obvious way to protect yourself is to wear protective gear such as wrist guards when playing sports activities and vibration-absorption gloves when you are working with vibrating tools.
Another good habit is to be mindful of your body’s posture. When using a keyboard, keep your forearms parallel to the floor or slightly lowered while keeping your fingers lower than your wrists. Taking frequent breaks is also a way to prevent overuse. Take the time to stretch your fingers, hands, wrist, shoulders, and neck. At the end of the day not only will you feel better, but you might be preventing injury.