We use our hands for most of the things that we do in our daily activities: from washing our faces, getting dressed, holding cups of coffee to texting, typing. Hmm, what activities don't involve using your hands?
With all that use, how do you look after them?
So maybe you moisturise them, wash them regularly...? Anything else?
Have you ever thought of stretching out your fingers and hands? Doing hand exercises?
Do your hands ever feel slightly stiff? Have you decided that this might be an early sign of arthritis?
Let's just do a few checks.
Stand up next to and facing a table. Extend both your arms straight in front of you keeping them shoulder width apart. Now lean forward and place both of your palms on the table. Keep your elbows straight. Spread your fingers apart. Are your fingers resting flat on the table? Now lean your weight into your palms and fingers. How does this feel? Does this help to flatten your fingers onto the table?
If you find it difficult to flatten your fingers, this indicates that your finger muscles are starting to shorten. In particular, this means that your finger and forearm flexors are getting short. You need to consider stretching hands out on the table on a daily basis to help lengthen your fingers flexors so your hands remain flexible.
Having checked your flexors, we need to check your extensors. As this can be a strong stretch, I suggest that you only do one arm at a time.
Stand up next to and facing a table. Extend your right arm straight out in front of you. Now lean forward and place your right palm on the table. Now lift the right hand up and bending at the wrist, put the back of your right hand onto the table. Now lean forward. You should be feeling a stretch in your forearm. Now do the other arm!
So how were your hands? Thinking about doing some hand exercise?