Maintaining range of motions and developing realistic expectations of your hand strength are the best reasons to do rheumatoid arthritis exercises for your hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful disease and it’s becoming real scary when you start losing your hand’s mobility. That’s why many rheumatoid arthritis treatments come along with a series of exercises to maintain the range motion. This is the nicest way to get a little strengthening for your hands and letting you sense which is the level of your hand’s activity.
Before performing the following exercises, you should ask your doctor first about the number of repetitions for your condition. Most of the times it is recommended to do the following exercises up to five times per session, once or twice a day.
1. Flat-Hand Finger Lifts
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For a simple rheumatoid arthritis exercise, start by placing your hands flat on a table. Try to raise each finger individually off the table. Work gently and take your time with this type of rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
2. Folding Fingers
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Another great hand exercise for rheumatoid arthritis is drawing your fingers down into the center of your palm to make a loose fist. Then open your hand slowly and repeat a few times.
3. Walking Fingers
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Place a hand towel or kitchen towel flat on a table to do this rheumatoid arthritis exercise. With your hand lightly cupped and supported by your fingertips and thumb, “walk” your fingertips toward you in order to pull the towel up into the palm of your hand. Get as much towel into your fist as you can and gently squeeze. This keeps you aware of how rheumatoid arthritis might be affecting your grip and how strong your grip is.
4. Finger Pinches
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Rheumatoid arthritis exercises for hands are intended to support daily activities — such as tying shoelaces or doing up buttons — that become harder as you experience more symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Pinching your thumb to the tip of each of your fingers, one at a time and in order is an effective exercise. Take your thumb and touch it your index finger and pinch. Thumb to index finger, thumb to long finger, plus thumb to the side of index finger are the three key pinches of this rheumatoid arthritis exercise.
5. Thumb to Base of Fingers
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One of the goals of rheumatoid arthritis exercise is to preserve all the motions available to any specific joint. Focusing on your thumb is necessary because it is so important to so many different hand motions, which may become progressively more difficult as rheumatoid arthritis progresses. A key exercise for the thumb is to try to touch the base of the little finger. This kind of motion can help you grip circular objects, such as hairbrushes.
6. Spread Fingers
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When you have rheumatoid arthritis, just as you need to practice bringing your fingers and thumb close together, you also need to work on spreading them apart — a motion needed when you are putting on gloves, for example. So this rheumatoid arthritis exercise is to simply spread your fingers apart, slowly and gently. While you have your hand flat, you can also exercise your thumb by separating it gently from the other fingers.
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