8 Hand Therapy Putty Exercises + Free Exercise Sheet

8 Hand Therapy Putty Exercises + Free Exercise Sheet

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.

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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.

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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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  • Melinda May Snyman New

    Good Afternoon,

    I am completely the deep end now…. my best friend lost her fiancé 2 years ago, she was pregnant 4 weeks when he passed on his motorbike. December 2016, she had her second stroke (first on append at the age of 24 she is now 34) and now it seems like she hurt her brain quite badly. She takes a while to respond when asked a question, her left side was completely parallelised even in her face. Although she can walk now and bath herself she’s still a long way for home. She now wants to drive and I took her and she really impressed me although talking while driving takes her concentration away completely. I really want to help her but have no clue what extra i can do for her. If you could just give me guidelines as to what to do for her. She still smokes though and is very hard-headed about quitting.

    Thank you,
    Melinda:)