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Hand Stretches for Artists

Melissa Marsden

Your hands accomplish a variety of tasks every day, from typing on a keyboard, gripping a steering wheel or texting on your phone. These tasks perform repetitive gestures and can generate weakness and stiffness in your wrists and fingers. Practicing simple exercises can help prevent your hands from deeper injury. Exercises can toughen your wrists and keep your hands and fingers more flexible. Artists, gardeners and mechanics should definitely take interest in trying to stretch their hands and wrists before they work. Wrist exercises raise flexibility and help lower the possibility of injury. Stretching is recommended as a preventive measure or to ease slight pain. However, people with inflammation or serious joint damage should consult with their doctor before trying any intense stretching. It could end up further harming your wrists and hands.

Simple Hand Stretches

Make a Fist

  • Make a fist by wrapping your thumb across your fingers.
  • Hold for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Release and spread your fingers wide.
  • Repeat with both hands four to five times

Claw Stretch

  • Hold your hand in front of you with your palm facing you.
  • Bend your fingertips down to touch the base of each finger joint.
  • Hold for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Repeat with both hands four to five times

Grip Strengthener

  • Hold a soft ball in your hand and squeeze it as hard as you can.
  • Squeeze it for a few seconds and release.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times on each hand.
  • Make sure to do this exercise two to three times a week.

Pray Position Stretch

  • While standing up, place your palms together in a praying position. With your elbows touching, your hands should be in front of your face. Your arms should be touching each other from the tips of your fingers to your elbows.
  • With your palms pressed together, slowly spread your elbows apart.
  • Hold for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Extend one arm in front of you at shoulder height.
  • Keep your palm down, have it face the floor.
  • Release your wrist so your fingers point downward.
  • With your other hand, gently grasp your fingers and pull them back toward your body.
  • Hold for about 10 to 30 seconds.

Always speak to your doctor before trying new stretches. It’s important to define the exact cause of your wrist pain first.

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