Aching Hands? These Two Stretches Will Make Your Hands Feel Amazing
Do you ever get aches and pains in your hands after a long day of typing or using your hands repeatedly? I know I do. As someone who types all day and relies heavily on my hands, they can get stiff and sore. But luckily, I recently learned about two simple stretches from coach Tyler at WeShape that help create more flexibility and fluidity in your hands and fingers. After doing these stretches for just a few weeks, my hands have never felt better!
As Tyler explains, "If you have aches and pains in your hands, then it's very likely that you need to create more flexibility through each one of your fingers." Our fingers and hands primarily move in two directions - flexing forward and extending backward. So we need to stretch them in both these directions.
To start, hold your arm straight out in front of you. Grab your index finger with your other hand, and pull it toward your wrist as far as you can. Really try to touch your wrist with your finger, holding for 10 seconds. Do this with each finger, moving from index to pinky. Tyler says to "make sure the wrist is flexed down as much as possible and then pushing on that finger trying to bring it towards the wrist."
After 10 seconds on each finger, grab your thumb with your fingers. Pull your thumb down toward your wrist, again trying to touch the wrist. Tyler admits "this requires a lot of flexibility" so don't worry if you can't make it all the way. Just go as far as you comfortably can, holding for 10 seconds.
Now flip your hand over and repeat the process, but this time pulling each finger backward toward your wrist. As Tyler advises, "Let the wrist come back as far as possible so that you feel this as deeply in the wrist as possible." Again, hold each finger for 10 seconds, then grab the thumb and pull it back toward the wrist across the palm.
Shake out your hand when finished and it should already feel more flexible and fluid! As Tyler says, "One hand is gonna be flexible, gonna feel really smooth as you wiggle your fingers. It's gonna feel really good." Just make sure to repeat the whole sequence on the other hand as well.
If you commit to doing these hand and finger stretches daily, Tyler promises it will make your hands feel amazing in just a few weeks. As he says, "If you do this consistently for a few weeks, it's gonna make your hands feel amazing." I can personally attest my hands feel so much better after sticking with these simple stretches!
So if you suffer from stiff, sore hands like me, give these two stretches a try. They are easy to do anytime, anywhere, and don't require any equipment. Commit to doing them daily and you'll be amazed at how much better your hands feel.