3 Hand Stretches That Will Keep Your Digits Limber

Your hands are essential to just about everything that happens in your life. Achy, painful fingers can make it difficult to work out, perform job duties, and even take part in your favorite hobbies and interests. Doing simple hand stretches can help to prevent your joints from stiffening and can keep your fingers loose and limber and may even help to prevent conditions like carpal tunnel from developing.

Gorilla Pose

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Gorilla pose is kind of fun and feels really good. To start, stand with your feet hip width apart. Bend your knees and fold forward until your hands are completely on the ground, palm side up. Shift your weight to your heels and slide your hands completely under the balls of your feet so that your palms are touching the soles of your feet. Shift your weight forward slightly, so that the weight is evenly distributed over your feet and your hands aren’t getting crushed. Hold the pose for about thirty seconds.

Finger Tendon Glide

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This simple stretch series can be done anywhere. Start with your hand held out with fingers straight, like a “stop” gesture. Curl your fingers without moving or involving your palm, then straighten them back out. Form a full fist, and then return to the starting position. Fold fingers down at the palm, bending the first two knuckles but not the knuckles closest to the fingernails. Straighten your hand back out. Repeat as desired.

Pinch Strengthener

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This exercise requires a soft foam ball. Take the ball into your hand and pinch it between your thumb and forefinger. Move your thumb and pinch the ball between your thumb and middle finger. Continue through your fingers, and then move on to the other hand. Only do this exercise every few days and do not do it if you have a thumb injury.

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