Feeling pain in the hands while typing or cooking? Arthritis may be the reason. Arthritis wears away the cushioning material between bones and causes inflammation and irritation of the lining, which helps protect and lubricate the joint. Arthritis can strike anywhere, but it affects the joints of the hands, it can cause pain and stiffness making it hard to do even the simplest everyday tasks.
There are many options for treating arthritis like painkillers and in extreme cases, surgery. If you wish to keep things non-invasive then keeping the hand supported with a wrist splint like Vissco Platinum Wrist Splint Binder with Silicone Pressure Pad and hand exercises are a good way to reduce the pain and disability. Hand exercises help you perform hand movements with less discomfort by strengthening the muscles that support the hand joints. They also help to keep ligaments and tendons flexible, which can help improve range of motion and hand function.
Exercise #1: Make a fist: This easy exercise can be done anywhere and anytime. To begin with, hold the hand out with all of the fingers straight. Then, slowly and gently bend the hand into a fist, placing the thumb on the outside of the hand. Open the hand back up until the fingers are straight once again. Do the exercise 10 times with each hand.
Exercise #2: Finger bends: Begin with the hand held out straight. Bend the thumb down toward the palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds. Straighten the thumb back up. Then bend the index finger down toward the palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds. Then straighten it. Repeat with each finger on each hand
Exercise #3: Thumb bend Begin by holding the hand out with all of the fingers straight. Then, bend the thumb inward toward the palm. Stretch for the bottom of the little finger with the thumb. It’s okay if you can’t reach the little finger at the first try. Hold the position for a second or two, and then return the thumb to the starting position. Repeat 10 times on each hand.
Exercise #4: Make an ‘O’: Start with the handout and fingers straight. Then, curve all of the fingers inward until they touch and form the shape of an “O.” Hold this position for a few seconds and then straighten the fingers again. Repeat this exercise a few times a day on each hand.
Exercise #5: Finger lift: Place the hand flat on a table, palm down. Starting with the thumb, lift each finger slowly off the table one at a time. Hold each finger for a second or two, and then lower it. Do the same exercise with every finger of each hand.
Managing arthritis does not have to be a painful proposition anymore. Follow our simple exercises to keep the joints, supple, flexible and pain-free.