Not a second passes by when we don’t need our hands, whether it’s brushing teeth, buttoning shirt, cooking, cleaning or any other activity. But what happens when they are attacked by arthritis? Scary, isn’t it. The fact is arthritis attacks a significant population of the world.
We need our hands to perform everyday tasks successfully. If you suffer from arthritis, it is challenging to perform these tasks. On a positive note, there are certain things that you can do to ease off the pain, improve hand movement and one of them is exercise. Without hurting the joints, it can help you enhance health and fitness. Along with your medication and other treatment programs, exercise can:
- Invigorate muscles around the joints.
- Help you sustain that strength.
- Keep you active throughout the day.
- Help you lose excess weight.
- Boost your self-confidence.
MAKING A FIST
- This exercise is particularly helpful when your hands feel stiff.
- Hold up your hand straight and bend it into a fist.
- Place your thumb outside of the hand.
- Open the hand back till your fingers straighten and repeat this procedure at least 10 times.
- Hold your left hand outstretched and bend your thumb inward.
- Try stretching your thumb to the base of pinkie finger.
- If you are unable to stretch your thumb that far, don’t worry. Stretch it as far as you can.
- Exercise with both hands one by one and repeat it 10 times.
MAKE AN O SHAPE
- Begin with holding your hands and fingers straight and close.
- Try forming an O shape by touching your thumb to each fingertip.
- Steadily touch your index finger to your thumb.
- Follow it up with rest of your fingers.
- Repeat this exercise many times.
STRETCH YOUR WRIST
- Wrists also get affected from arthritis.
- Seize your arm out with the palm facing downward.
- Gently press down on the right hand till the time you feel a stretch in the arm and wrist.
- Hold it for few seconds and repeat multiple times.
Exercise can work wonders for you if you have arthritis. Swimming and other exercises are especially good in keeping a proper bone functioning. Tai Chi, a China based low-impact exercise is equally beneficial.