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5 simple hand exercises to relieve arthritis symptoms

People with arthritis should try these simple hand exercises to relieve pain.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : January 15, 2018 3:02 PM IST


Currently, there is no cure for arthritis, but some treatments could help to reduce some of the painful symptoms. Here are some simple exercises that could help to relieve arthritic joint pain.


Fist clenching: Beginning with your hands and fingers spread out, slowly clench your hand into a fist. Keep your thumb on the outside of the fist, being careful not to squeeze your hand too much. Slowly unclench your fist into its original position. Then do the same with the other hand. Repeat this 10 times with each hand. Also Read - Gynaecological Disorders: Why You Should Opt For Ayurvedic Treatments?


Thumb bending: Using one of your hands, hold the base of the other hand's thumb. Without moving the base of the thumb, bend the top half of the thumb, until you feel the stretch. Return the thumb tip to its original position, and repeat.


Make an 'O': This stretch will help relieve achy or stiff pains in the hands. Start with your left hand out and fingers straight, then, curve all of your fingers inward until they touch. Your fingers should form the shape of an 'O'. Hold this position for a few seconds. Then straighten your fingers again. Repeat this exercise a few times a day on each hand. Also Read - Brain Health: Increase Your Brainpower With These 8 Foods