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Helpful Hand Therapy Putty Exercises + Free PDF

six colorful pieces of therapy putty rolled into perfect balls

Hand therapy putty exercises can help you regain strength and dexterity in your hand with a simple, affordable accessory.

Before we dig into the exercises, we will discuss how to get the most of your hand putty exercises.

Getting the Best Results from Hand Putty Exercises

Hand therapy putty exercises are a great way to strengthen hand function and improve mobility.

Sometimes hand weakness is the result of a stroke or other neurological injury. In these instances, it’s important to realize that the goal does not focus on muscle strength as much. Instead, the goal is to strengthen the connection between the brain and the hand.

When a stroke disrupts the brain’s ability to send signals to the hand, rehab exercise helps stimulate healing. The more you exercise your hand, the more you tell the brain there is a demand for that function, and the brain will adapt in response.

This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to adapt and rewire itself based on experience. When you begin to practice therapy putty exercises on a daily basis, it stimulates the brain and encourages the rewire process.

If you stick with it consistently, these exercises can help improve hand function by encouraging the brain to rewire and heal itself.

Now that you understand the best ways to benefit from hand therapy putty exercises, let’s start moving.

Want 25 pages of stroke recovery exercises in PDF form? Click here to download our free Stroke Rehab Exercise ebook now (link opens a pop up for uninterrupted reading)

Hand Therapy Putty Exercises to Try at Home

The following therapy putty exercises were created to accompany our therapy putty pack available on Amazon.

Try to accomplish these exercises on a daily basis to encourage strength and recovery.

FREE PDF: Want all of these exercises in a convenient PDF? Download it for free here.

Power Grip

hand holding therapy putty

This therapy putty exercise is helpful for all ability levels. Grab your putty and squeeze it using all five fingers, then relax. Repeat this several times for a strengthening and therapeutic effect.

Full Grip

physical therapy hand putty exercises

For this hand flexion exercise, roll the putty into a ball and hold it in your palm. Then, press all your fingers except the thumb into the putty. This exercise adds one layer of challenge to the previous exercise by removing the thumb from helping.

Finger Scissors

hand illustration with therapy putty between two fingers

Roll your putty into a ball and squeeze it between your fingers. Try doing it with all of your fingers to give your hands extra therapy. Squeeze between your index finger and middle finger. Then your middle finger and ring finger. Then your ring finger and little finger.

Finger Spread

hand manipulating therapy putty exercises

Roll the therapy putty out and wrap it around two fingers to form a donut shape. Then, spread your fingers apart. This resistance exercise focuses on extending the muscles that were flexed in the previous exercise.

Fingertip Pinch

therapy putty exercise illustration

Roll your hand therapy putty into a ball and pinch it using your thumb and fingertips. If you have spasticity in your hand that makes it difficult to move each finger individually, press all fingers into the putty at once. As you improve, try to press each finger individually into the putty.

Flat Pinch

hand squishing therapy putty

Straighten your fingers as best you can, and pinch the putty between your fingers and thumb. This differs from the previous exercise because the fingers remain straight instead of curled, therefore different muscles are being utilized. This is a strengthening hand therapy putty exercise.

Full Finger Spread

therapy putty exercises for occupational therapy

Roll the putty out and wrap it around all your fingers to form a circle. Then, spread your fingers apart. This movement targets extension instead of flexion.

Finger Extension

therapy putty exercises for stroke patients

Roll the putty out and wrap it around one finger while the finger is bent. Then, extend (straighten) the finger while using the putty to provide resistance. This is an advanced hand therapy putty exercise. If you struggle with this movement, try again in a few weeks.

Hand Putty Exercises PDF

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Meet the MusicGlove: An Evidence-Based and Fun-to-Use Hand Recovery Tool

If you want to motivate yourself to accomplish the high repetition of hand exercises necessary for recovery, then you need to meet the MusicGlove.

Created by Flint Rehab (who also created the blog you’re currently reading), this hand therapy tool is clinically proven to improve hand function within two weeks of use when used for at least 25 minutes a day.

See how other survivors have improved hand function with it:

“My wife suffered a stroke that resulted in her being paralyzed on her left side. She did not have the use of her left hand, even after going through physical therapy in the hospital.

I had ordered the MusicGlove, along with the FitMi system and had them ready for her when she arrived home from the hospital. She was unable to open, or separate, the fingers on her left hand, and seriously I had my doubts that the MusicGlove would work for her.

She has been home from the hospital a little over a month and thanks to this fabulous system, she is now able to not only spread her fingers out, but is able to use them at about 50% capacity.

We are thoroughly convinced that without the MusicGlove system her hand would be totally useless. We are looking forward to continued gains in the use of her hand and fingers. Thank you Flint Rehab for coming to our rescue.” –Mike S.

My mom loves it!

“We purchased the MusicGlove + FitMi pack for my mom after she suffered bilateral strokes. It’s so fun watching her play and it’s incredible how much her dexterity, range of motion, and strength has increased, even after only a few minutes a day. The Music Glove is a great way to improve while having fun doing it. I’m so thankful we found this product!” -Brenna

Fabulous device!

“We bought the MusicGlove for my brother, Kevin, after he had a stroke 5 years ago. This device has been so very helpful in his recovery! He has regained movement in his fingers which is just short of a miracle! It is such good therapy for him both physically and mentally!

Not only do we feel the physical movement helps but it’s a bit of music therapy also! He enjoys the variety of songs to choose from along with different levels of difficulty. It’s been worth every penny and then some! His physical therapist says it’s priceless!!” –Lori

Not only is MusicGlove beloved and approved by survivors, but it’s also used in the top rehab clinics in the world, including the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, the #1 ranked hospital in America.

When you choose to use MusicGlove, you’re in good company. To learn more about the hand therapy device from Flint Rehab, click the button below: