Try these 7 hand stretching exercises to experience relief from the pain caused by arthritis
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal degenerative disease that slowly starts to affect the joints and muscles of the body. Mostly the joints of back, knees, wrists, neck and hip are affected by osteoarthritis. Even being overweight can cause a lot of trouble since extra weight puts extra pressure on the joints and bones. Most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, gouty arthritis and Systemic lupus erythematosus.
But we have for you 7 easy exercises to keep pain caused by arthritis at bay.
1 Make a Fist
Simply clench your fist and unclench it lightly, 10 times in a row. This provides relief from the arthritis pain. Just be firm but gentle with the clenching and unclenching so that you don’t aggravate the already existing pain.
This exercise will help in loosening the muscles and strengthening the fingers and hands and promoting wider range of motion to lessen the pain.
2 Thumb stretch
This technique requires the person to hold the hand in a handshake position. Now bend the thumb as much as you can and try to touch the base of the pinky finger. Repeat this process ten times and make sure to exercise with each hand every time.
This technique will make the movements more pain-free and it also flexes the inflamed joints.
3 The Claw
Don’t be afraid of the name, the technique also goes by the name of the ‘O’ exercise and it is designed to relieve the pain in the joint. The exercise starts with stretching the hand as if you are giving high five to someone, just curl the fingers inwards tightly until they touch and the resultant figure should look like a claw.
Hold this position for 10 seconds and repeat with your other hand. You can do this for any number of times in a day and the results will surprise you.