While many people experiencing arthritic hand pain may balk at the idea of exercising their hands, the right kinds of exercises may not eliminate the pain or arthritis, but it can help to relieve some of the pain associated with general hand movements.
In fact, exercising is a great tool for not only reducing pain but also improving range of motion in your hand and joint functionality. These exercises may help you find relief for your arthritic hand pain.
Arthritic Hand Exercises
Here are a few hand exercises you can do:
Make a Fist
Just as the name implies. You begin with your fingers straight, gently and slowly make a fist, then straighten your fingers again. Complete the sequence 10 times with each hand.
With a bit of a twist, that is. Rest your hand on a table so that your pinky is down, and your thumb is up. From that position bend your fingers into your hand while pointing your thumb up, like the universal thumb’s up sign. Hold the position for a few seconds then straighten your fingers and relax your thumb. Repeat sequence 10 times on each hand.
Make a “C” or an “O” With Your Fingers
Move your fingers in the shape of the letter “O” or “C.” The letter “O” is the ultimate goal by some patients are unable to do that. Go as far as you can toward the total “O” Hold for a couple of seconds then straighten your hand and repeat. Try to go a little further each time if possible.
Use something like a stress ball, silly putty, or some other “squishy” item and squeeze it with your hands. This can be a fun way to exercise your hand and fingers without overdoing it. Play with the putty or ball for a few minutes each day.
Tips When Doing Hand Exercises
There are a few things to keep in mind when performing hand exercises to ease arthritis pain in your hands.
- Be gentle. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself while trying to relieve your pain.
- Perform them frequently. You can do quick exercises several times throughout the day.
- Be mindful while doing the exercises. Look for ways to incorporate stress relief and meditative breathing into the process.
Use these exercises wisely and well to help relieve your arthritic hand pain.
Contact Florida Hand Center for Arthritis in the Hand Treatment
If you are living with arthritic hand pain, Florida Hand Center can help. Our physicians are knowledgeable and skilled in treating arthritis in the hand and can quickly address your unique issues. Give us a call today at (941) 257-3480 to schedule your appointment. We also provide a free hand screening.