Exercises for aching hands

Putting hands through their paces can help relieve pain and prevent injury.

Painful hands can affect everything from the way we work and play to how we communicate and express ourselves. The most common cause of hand pain is arthritis. Another is carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve impingement in the wrist that results in numbness and finger weakness. Both these disorders disproportionately affect women.

The work we do often places stress and strain on the tendons of the wrists and hands. Today's computer-heavy workplace, with its long hours, rapid pace, repetition, too few breaks, awkward postures, and overly forceful movements causes an enormous amount of repetitive stress injury. The hands in particular are affected by sustained gripping of a computer mouse, incorrect positioning at the keyboard, and motions such as typing or entering figures on a calculator.

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