Follow these 5 simple steps to keep your hands healthy and free from stiffness and pain for a long time.
Use larger, stronger muscles such as your bicep to lift or carry bags and purses to avoid straining your smaller finger joints.
Purchase oven ready noodles to avoid lifting a heavy pot of water, and place heavier or more frequently used items within easy reach.
Do you stop to make a gentle fist? How about isolating the little joints in your fingers? Try it. You may notice the fingers are initially stiff but over time they will loosen up quickly and maintain their mobility.
Using an ergonomic keyboard and mouse can place less stress on your fingers and prevent carpal tunnel symptoms.
Using large handled utensils can decrease the grasping load required for smaller handled ones. Lastly, using an electric can and jar opener can prevent excessive strain to your hands.
Use a paraffin (wax) bath, like the one shown below, to help seal in natural oils leaving your hands feeling soft and refreshed. The heat from the paraffin will also help loosen up stiff finger joints.
Another tip is to simply roll a small ball over the muscles in your hand to help release stiffness, tension, and tightness.
Spending just a few minutes a day and taking small but simple steps can help prolong the health of your hands.
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