12 Easy Exercises And Home Remedies To Relieve The Arthritis Pain In Your Hands

Hands are one of the most common (and inconvenient) places for people to experience arthritis pain.

As arthritis wears away at the cartilage and cushioning in the joints, it causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Simple tasks like gripping a utensil, twisting a doorknob, or using a keyboard can become painful, difficult, or nearly impossible.

Medical options for arthritis do exist. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications or anti-inflammatory treatments to help ease the symptoms. In some cases, steroid injections may be prescribed as well. There are also surgical repairs that can be considered if your arthritis is resistant to treatment.

Before electing for something as dramatic as surgery, however, it may help to try a fewhome exercises to relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritic hands. You can try these exercises alongside medicines prescribed by your doctor, or on their own, but it’s always best to start earlier than later. These exercises will help flex and ease the joints in the hand and can be performed anywhere.

Making a Fist

Start by holding your hand (either one works) up straight as if you were about to perform a handshake, though you don’t need to extend your arm. Next, slowly bend your hand into a fist where the thumb is on the outside of the hand. It is important to be gentle during this, so squeezing your hand is unnecessary. Once the fist is formed, open your hand until the fingers are straight once more. Repeat ten times; then switch to your other hand.

Finger Bending

This exercise begins in the same spread “handshake” position as the first exercise. Slowly bend your thumb down until it touches your palm while keeping the other fingers as straight as you can. Hold it there for five to 10 seconds then slowly straighten it back up. Repeat for each finger and then switch to the other hand.

Thumb Stretch

This begins similar to the finger bending exercise, including the shake position and bending the thumb. However, instead of bending until it touches the palm, your goal is the base of the pinky finger. You don’t need to make contact with the base, but you should stretch as far as you can. Hold that position for a few seconds, then slowly release. Repeat ten times and then switch hands.

The Claw

This exercise is also called the “O” exercise. You start with your hand held up and straight as if giving a high-five, with your fingers spread apart. Next, slowly curve your fingers in until they touch. The result should be a claw or O-like shape. Hold for five to 10 seconds and then straighten out. Perform this exercise a few times per day on each hand, but you don’t need to do them all at once. The Claw works best when your hands start feeling sore or stiff.

Table Bending

Start in the handshake position again, but this time rest the side of your hand on a flat surface so that your thumb is pointing upwards. Keep the thumb pointing as straight up as you can while slowly folding your fingers inward. The result will be a “thumbs-up” pose. Hold it for a few seconds and then straighten. Repeat ten times and then switch hands. This exercise works better when the hand can be kept level, which is what the table surface is meant to provide.

Finger Lifts

Place your hand flat on a table with the palm down and fingers spread. While keeping your other fingers as flat as possible, slowly lift your thumb as high as you can. Hold for a few seconds and then lower. Repeat for each finger and then switch hands.

Wrist Stretch

Arthritis in the hands isn’t just limited to your fingers. This exercise is meant to aid your wrists. Begin by holding one arm out straight with the wrist loose and your palm hanging down and facing inwards. Reach around with your other hand and press against the back of the loose hand, slowly pushing it towards your body. Push until you feel a stretching sensation in your wrist and arm; then hold for a few seconds before releasing. Repeat ten times and switch hands.

source: theheartysoul.com