With the increased use of the hand, arthritis pain increases as well. For instance, if you’re working in the kitchen or typing on a keyboard you’ll witness sharp pain.Many people also lose the power in their hands.Over time this weakness can make it difficult to perform the regular everyday tasks like opening toothpaste.
We strongly feel that natural home treatments are the way to go. There are several specially designed hand exercises that can improve the hand’s flexibility, extend their range of motion and ease arthritis pain. They’re very simple and noninvasive.
Soaking your hands in warm water or dipping them in warm paraffin wax is a great way to reduce pain before you perform the exercises. You can even try performing some of the exercises with your hands submerged in warm water or while you’re in a heated pool. This way you’re gently exercising your joints and muscles. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints, enabling you to move your hands more easily. Water can also act as resistance to help build muscle strength.
Make A Fist
A really easy exercise you can do just about anywhere. It’s best to use it when you’re feeling stiffness in this area.This exercise is fairly easy to do. Start by keeping your right hand straight. Then, turn your hand into a fist and place your thumb out of the fist. Note that you shouldn’t be squeezing your hand – be relaxed. Open your hand slowly until each of your fingers is straight. Perform 10 reps. After that, repeat the procedure with your left hand.
Start by holding your hand straight up and bending your thumb in the direction of the palm. Stretch it as much as you can and try to reach the pinky finger with the thumb. If you can’t do it, don’t stress yourself out. Just stretch it as much as you can. Stay in that position for a couple of seconds and place the thumb in its initial position in the end. 10 repetitions with both hands will be enough.
Your left hand should be flat on the table, with the palm down. Raise each finger off the table, hold it thus for a few seconds, and return it to the initial position. Repeat with the fingers of both hands.
Make an O
Perform this exercise when you feel pain or stiffness in the hand. 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.
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.
You can relieve the pain and stiffness with the help of the wrists. 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 and hold in this position for several seconds. Repeat it 10 times with both hands.
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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