Exercise #1 – Claw Stretch
This exercise is intended to improve your finger’s range of motion. You want to start with your hand in front of you, palm towards you. Touch each finger joint base by bending your fingertips down, almost like you are making a claw. Hold this anywhere between 30 and 60 seconds and release. You want to do this exercise four times each hand.
Exercise #2 – Pinch Strengthener
This is an exercise to help strengthen your thumb muscles and your fingers. It helps you with practical everyday things such as opening packages or turning your keys. Grab some putty or a ball between the tips your thumb and your fingers. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds and repeat this in both hands at least 10 to 15 times. If you have a damaged thumb joint, it is not recommended that you do this exercise.
Exercise #3 – Finger Lift
If you want to increase the flexibility and range of motion in your fingers, this is a great exercise. Start by placing your hand palm down, flat, on any surface. A table is a good starting point. Lift one finger off the surface gently, and lower it again. Do this with each of your fingers and repeat upwards of 12 times each hand.
Exercise #4 – Finger Stretch
If you want to improve the range of motion in your hands and help with pain relief, this is a great exercise. Start by placing your hand palm down, flat, on any surface. Without actually forcing your joint, straighten your fingers against the surface as flat as you can. Hold that position for anywhere between 30 and seconds, and repeat. Do each hand four times.
Exercise #5 – Make A Fist
This is a good warmup exercise for most people. You should stop if you feel pain. Make a fist, and wrap the thumb across the fingers. Hold anywhere between 30 and seconds and spread your fingers open wide. Do each hand four times.
These are just a few suggestions that you can use to help strengthen your hands. If seniors want to increase their hand mobility, regular exercises like these are vital.