hand yoga

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Need to uncramp tightened fingers and wrists? Practice the following stretches and be sure to keep breathing as you do them:

1) Spread and stretch your fingers as widely as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Then ball your fingers into fists and hold for another 10 seconds.

2) With your arms extended straight out in front of you, bend your wrists back, bringing your fingers straight up. Hold for 10 seconds. Then bend your wrists down and point your fingers to the floor, holding for another 10 seconds.

3) While keeping your elbows bent and close together, interlock your fingers and rotate your hands and wrists clockwise ten times. Reverse direction and rotate your hands and wrists in the other direction ten times. (This move feels a little awkward at first, but it works.)

4) With your arms extended in front of you, slowly rotate your wrists so the backs of your hands are together. Hold this position and enjoy the stretch.

5) Arrange your hands palm to palm in front of you (think of a prayer position). Keeping your palms together, rotate your wrists away from your body, pointing your fingers downward until you feel a mild stretch. Hold for 5 to 8 seconds without letting your shoulders tense up or lift.

End your stretches by allowing your arms to hang loosely at your sides. Then shake your hands and wiggle your fingers.

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The Gal Herself said...

This is a public service!

Vicki said...

Two of my fingers on my left hand are tightening up because of repetitive motions I do at work. I'm going to do these exercises and see if it helps. Thanks!