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Hand Yoga Can Help Arthritic Fingers

by Venkata Bodavula on 01/10/12


everybody pls read this article on exercises for hand .


Arthritis pain and swelling are particularly hard on the hands. Here's how "hand yoga" can help restore grip strength and dexterity.


TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2012 — When you think of yoga, you probably picture limber, graceful men and women performing full-body movements on floor mats. But did you know yoga can also be done with just your hands?

According to government figures, there are about 50 million Americans living with arthritis, and for many of them, the pain, stiffness, and swelling characteristic of this condition often shows up first in the fingers and hands. Medications can help, but experts also say exercise is key to increasing mobility. That's why an innovative program at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is offering a yoga class that's all about the hands.

On the WABC-TV Eyewitness News Web site, Roberta Schine, the instructor, says: "We write with our hands, we gesture, and if we have pain in the hands, there's no way we can have a good day." She teaches exercises that massage, stretch, and strengthen finger muscles, such as using putty or a rubber band to add resistance. Arthur Stevens, a class participant who has osteoarthritis, told Eyewitness News: "I find the massages especially helpful and those which increase the mobility of the digits."

Hand exercises can be especially beneficial for the stiff fingers often seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies of yoga training, including a recent report from the journal BMC Research Notes, have found that it can improve grip strength as well as reduce inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis.

Can't get to a yoga class? Try using one of those small, squishy "stress balls." A study published by the nonprofit group Arthritis Institute of America found that squeezing a stress ball improved grip strength and relieved pain in adults with hand osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis). And of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

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