Hand Stretches for Arthritis

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Many people get arthritis in their hands and wrists. Sometimes you might even have a "trigger finger." Here are some great hand stretches to ease the pain and get your wrists and hands moving again.

People often overlook stretching their hands, but they are just as important as the rest of your body. When your hands and fingers get stiff and painful, it can prevent you from doing simple everyday activities. Many times people will get a "trigger finger" which is a snapping of the tendon in your finger. 
 
The first stretches will be to loosen up your wrist. Make a fist, and at your wrist, bend your hand up and down into flexion and extension. Then you can go side-to-side into radial and ulnar deviation. You can open your fist and straighten your hands for an increased stretch. If that doesn't feel like enough stretch, you can give yourself some overpressure by using your other hand and push in the directions you are stretching. Now you are going to work you finger joints from the closest ones, or proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP), to the furthest away, distal interphalangeal joints (DIP). Gently bend at each joint group, and hold the area closest to you in place so movement is only at the desired joint. Lastly, you can get your thumb involved. Touch each finger to your thumb and work your way to each finger and back. 
 

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