8 Hand Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

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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.

What makes this disease especially unpleasant is the fact that when it hits the joints of the hands because it results in numbness and pain.

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.

Thumb Bend

Start by holding your hand straight up and bendingyour 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.

Finger Bands

Using the same position as the first exercise, straighten your left hand. Try gently bending your thumb in the direction of your palm. Remain in this position for a few seconds.Bring your thumb in the initial position. Then, bend your index finger in the same direction, wait for a few seconds before straightening it. Repeat this with every finger. Once you’re finished with your left hand, do the same thing with your right hand.

Make An O

Start by straightening your left hand. Then, direct all your fingers inward so they can touch, making an “O”. Remain in this position for several seconds, before straightening your fingers. Do at least three reps, using both hands. This exercise is perfect in the moments your fingers and hand feel stiff or achy.

Table Bend

Start with your left hand, putting your pinky close to the table. Point your thumb up and bend the rest of your fingers making an L formation.Stay in this position for a couple of seconds, before straightening your fingers. Do 10 reps with both hands.

Finger Lift

Start by putting left hand on a table with its palm down,keeping it flattened. Try lifting each finger off the table carefully starting with your thumb. Keep the finger in the same position for two seconds, before lowering it down. Perform the same procedure with every finger from the left and right hand.

Fan And Fist

Start by holding your hand in a neutral position, keeping your knuckles straight.Gradually and carefully spread your fingers as much as you can (something like a fan when it’s opening up). Then, try making a fist. Remain in each of these positions for about five seconds. Do the exercise two times a day with both hands.

Wrist Stretch

Using your wrists, you can eliminate the stiffness and ease the pain. Keep your right arm out, with your palm facing down. Then, press it gently with the left hand until you feel that your arm and wrist are stretched.Stay in that position for a couple of seconds. Do 10 reps with both hands.

Source: Natural Medicine Box

Other links included in Natural Medicine Box`s article:

http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-hand-exercises#ReadThisNext0

http://www.naturalhealthyteam.com/8-hand-exercises-that-will-ease-arthritis-pain/

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