HANS01 Finger Abduction Strengthening Exercise

Function:

To increase the strength of the fingers in the ability to abduct (splay outwards).

Method:

Starting Position:

Place the affected hand by your side, elbow flexed and hand facing forwards. Thread the loops of a hand exerciser alldown to the middle of your fingers. If you don't have a hand exerciser then you can use your other hand to resist the movements of each successive finger.

Action:

Slowly and in a controlled manner fan your fingers outwards to reach the end of their limits and hold in that position for 5 seconds. Close your fingers together and repeat.

Notes:

If both hands are affected, try the exercise with both hands simultaneously. If you suffer from connective tissue disease like rheumatoid arthritis ensure that you discuss this exercise with your osteopath.