Hand therapy putty exercises are a great way to regain dexterity in your hand with a simple, affordable accessory.
How Much Should I Exercise?
To regain hand movement after stroke, you need to exercise your affected hand repetitively on a consistent basis. The more you repeat the exercises, the faster you’ll regain movement.
If you’re worried that you aren’t exercising enough, ask yourself if you’re exercising regularly. Do you have a consistent schedule that you’re sticking to? Are you utilizing a high number of repetitions?
If your answer is yes, then you’re doing everything you can to regain hand movement quickly.
Now, let’s exercise.
Exercise 1: Finger Scissors
Roll your putty into a ball and squeeze it between your fingers.
Exercise 2: Fingertip Pinch
Take your rolled up putty and pinch it using your thumb and fingertips.
Exercise 3: Power Grip
Grab your putty and squeeze all your fingers into it.
Exercise 4: Flat Pinch
Use your straightened fingers to pinch the putty down into your thumb.
Exercise 5: Finger Spread
Take your putty, stretch it out, and wrap it around two fingers to form a donut shape. Then spread your fingers apart.
Exercise 6: Finger Extension
Take your putty and stretch it out. Then bend one of your fingers to make a hook and wrap the putty around the back of your finger. Once you’re set up, straighten your finger using the putty as resistance.
Exercise 7: Finger Spread
Take the putty, stretch it out, and wrap it around your hand in a donut shape while keeping your fingers together. Then spread your fingers out to stretch the putty out.
Exercise 8: Full Grip
Take the putty and form it into a ball and squeeze down, pressing your fingers into your palm.
You can also download these exercises as a PDF using the button below.
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