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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