Rheumatoid Arthritis Coach Newsletter
People who have Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases often suffer from decreased hand strength. Often, this can affect so many daily activities. From cooking and cleaning to spending time with friends and family, we all need our hands to do even simpler tasks!
These exercises can help build hand strength and get you back to doing what you love!
These can be done with compression gloves on or off.
**Be sure to warm up your hands before you start if you live in a cold area.
1. Making a fist, squeeze for 2-3 seconds, and let go.
2. With your hand flat on a table, lift each finger individually for 1-2 seconds, then let it down. (You may need to hold the others flat while you do this.)
3. Walk your fingers over a towel, until the towel is bunched up into your palm. Then unravel it the same way you rolled it in.
4. Pinch your thumb to each finger individually for 1-2 seconds, then let go.
5. Move the thumb away from and towards the palm of your hand. (Baby shark, anyone?)
6. Spread the fingers out as much as possible and hold for a few seconds, then slowly bring back together.
Do each of these 5-10 times each or spead them out over a day.
Do not overwork yourself. You know your limits! Take breaks if you need them!
These exercises will build hand strength and stamina.
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