Are your fingers or hands feeling rigid or sore? It could be a symptom of arthritis or simply just wear and tear.
If it’s caused by arthritis, this is because the disease wears away at the cartilage of a joint and causes inflammation and irritation. When arthritis affects the joints of the hands, it can cause pain and stiffness.
A result of having pain in your hands and fingers is that you may lose vital strength, and when you’re weak, it can by hard to do even the simplest everyday tasks, such as opening jars.
Here are some simple hand and finger exercise to relieve the pain and keep your mobility up.
1. Make a fist
Start with this simple stretch:
2. Finger stretch
After you have taken some pain relief, try this exercise:
3. Thumb extension
Strengthening the muscles of your thumbs can help you grab and lift heavy things like cans and bottles.
4. Wrist rotate and flex
Build up resistance in your wrists and work through any soreness.
5. Thumb flexion/extension
This one can really be done anywhere!
6. Hand/finger tendon glide
Nearly there, you can do it! Here’s one for both the hand and fingers.