If you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis then you know the effects if can have on your fingers, hand, or wrist, and you know how difficult it can be to perform even the simplest tasks. In order to maintain and preserve function, it’s important for you to exercise your fingers, hands, and wrist to maintain mobility and strength.
All exercises are not created equal, so listening to the recommendations of your physical therapist when it comes to the types of exercise that will best benefit you and your lifestyle is recommended. Some exercises are designed to increase range of motion while others improve strength. There are some basic exercises you can start with – keep reading…
Want to get some relief from your rheumatoid arthritis?
Here are 3 Hand and Wrist Exercises To Get You Started:
1. Towel Squeezes:
Roll up a towel. Squeeze the towel. Squeeze for 5 seconds and repeat 15-20 times. You may also use a squishy stress ball if you have one available. This will work on the smaller muscles of the hand to improve your strength.
2. Finger Opposition:
Start with your palm facing you. Touch your thumb to the tip of your pinky finger, and then fully open your hand (resting position). Repeat to each finger. Perform this for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. This will help to improve or maintain the mobility in your hands.
With your elbow bent by your side. Turn your palm to face the ceiling and then turn your palm to face the ground. Slowly repeat this movement for 30 seconds and repeat 4 times. This will help to improve or maintain the mobility of your elbow which will improve your wrist movement (Remember: everything is connected)
Try these exercises and comment below with your thoughts.
Until Next Time,
Stay Happy & Healthy,