Hand Therapy Exercises

Hand Therapy Exercises


I’m Eric Hofmeister, an orthopedic surgeon here at Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group in San Diego and I’d like to demonstrate what I call modified 6-pack exercises for hand therapy.

This is a therapy that would often be done after fractures, dislocations, trauma or even elective surgery on your hand.  I try to keep it fairly simple and straightforward. It consists of six different exercises I’d like to demonstrate with you.

The first is to make a fist. Now, most people when they make a fist, they do a very composite fist where they bring everything down at the same time. So today we’re going to teach you a few different ways to do this. The first is bringing your fist down at your knuckles or the metacarpophalangeal joints. Once you get those to about 90 degrees, then try to make a fist with the tips of your fingers wrapping it all the way in. And then following that, bring it back out that same position and then back up. So that’s your first exercise.

Exercise 2 is also about is making a fist but this time, I want you to bring it down from the fingertips all the way down into the hands. We’ll slowly start at the fingertips, curl it down making it into a tight fist, curl it back up into a straight fist. So that’s your second exercise and that actually constitutes 4; numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. So 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Now, depending on what your physician and therapist says, you may be able to use your other hand to help pull it down and get some light stretching, helping stretch those tendons and those joints out over the back of your hand.

Exercise Number 5 is simply moving your fingers apart and back together. So 5 is this.

And lastly is Number 6 and we don’t want to forget about the thumb. So Number 6 is of thumb. We bring the thumb to the tip of every finger, back, and then the thumb to the tip of the base of every finger. And that’s your 6 exercises.

So this is a simple easy program for you to do at home to help you recover from either your injuries or elective surgery. If you’d like to learn more about different treatments for hand therapy or hand problems or any other of your musculoskeletal conditions, please visit our website at synergysmg.com

Eric Hofmeister, M.D.

Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Subspecialty: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Interest: Wrist and Hand Fractures

955 Lane Ave, Ste 200
Chula Vista, CA 91914

(619) 421-3400

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Hand Exercises by Dr. Eric P. Hofmeister

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