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The following exercises can be used to help improve the movement of stiff finger and thumb joints.
They may be painful to do initially, but keep going, as this will help reduce the pain and increase the movement. Each exercise needs to be done 10 times each, 3 times a day. If 10 are too much,
start at 6 and build up to 10.
1) Bend and straighten your knuckle joints, keeping the other finger joints straight.
2) Support the bottom of your finger with your other hand, making sure the joint you are going to exercise is not blocked by your other hand. Bend the joint as far as it will go and then straighten back as far as it will go.
3) Support the middle of the finger firmly, just below the top joint. Hold this firmly to prevent movement at the joint below. Bend the end joint down and up as far as it will go.
4) Bend all your fingers into the palm of your hand to make a fist.
5) Touch your thumb to each finger tip, when touching your little finger slide your thumb down until you are touching the palm of your hand below your little finger.
If you have any problems with these exercises, or are worried in anyway about your hand, please do not hesitate in contacting the department on (01908) 995411 or ask your therapist at your next appointment.