Closing the hand around an object – does it hurt?
Grasping with our hands is something we do all day long and we would miss it greatly if we were not able to grasp with our hands. Look at your hands right now and be grateful.
A favorite thing I do that helps my hands feel better is this:
Using a rubber band stretched around the outside of my fingers and thumb (one hand at a time) open and close the hand (spread the fingers away from each other). Repeat 10 times. Move rubber band to the other hand and repeat. Do this daily or more if needed.
This exercise uses the opposing muscle group opening (extensors) from grasping (flexors) and helps balance muscles.
When I first started doing this exercise I could only use the thinnest of rubber bands now I use the wide blue ones that comes around the broccoli at the grocery store. This technique helps with all kinds of hand and finger pain.