Finger Tendon Glides for Hand Injury or Surgery

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Finger tendon glides can help if you have had a surgery in this area or an injury that might have scar tissue build up around the tendons.

For the first exercise, prop your elbow up on something sold. Put your forearm at a slight angle. Keep your fingers nice and straight to start off. This is called the table top. Now bend your fingers at the joint closest to your wrist, still keeping the fingers straight. Bend down and back up gliding the tendons up and down.

The next one is the hook fist. So now you want to bend at the next joint away, making almost a claw like hand.

Now you will do the straight fist, which bends at all the finger joints making a straight fist without curling at your wrist. Then you will do a full fist by keeping your thumb on the outside when you bend them in and slightly bend your wrist too. Make sure you open your hand back up after each squeeze.

Finally is the thumb curl. Bring your thumb up and all the way across your open hand.

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