Manual dexterity is the ability to make coordinated hand and finger movements, but if you have arthritis of the hand, your dexterity may be compromised. Here are 5 simple tips you can follow that can help improve your condition. But, don’t wait. Those who act early will see the best results.
Range of Motion: You can improve your flexibility, maintain joint movement and relieve stiffness with passive, range of motion exercises (allowing someone else to move your joints for you).
Weights:Try strengthening exercises using light weights to help maintain or increase your muscle strength. This will protect the joints that are affected by arthritis.
Aerobic: Aerobic exercise that works the cardiovascular system is always beneficial, not only for fitness, but to improve overall body functions.
- Loosen Your Grip
Tight gripping can cause excess strain on the joints. When using a grasping tool, find one with large handles and keep a loose grip when possible. Use both hands to grasp objects, not just the fingers. Find a lightweight ergonomic pen that does not require tight gripping to use.
- Try Hot Therapy
Hot therapy such as paraffin baths or hot packs can help to relieve hand pain because it increases circulation and relaxes the muscles.
- Stabilize the Hand
Splinting the wrist and hand area provides rest your joints in a comfortable position. This can decrease pain and inflammation. Look to this solution when you want to provide a stable environment for completing strenuous tasks.
- Take it Slow
Repetitive motion can lead to pain. Avoid starting an activity you cannot stop. Take jobs slowly and pace yourself.