When stroke or weakness leave fingers tightly curled gentle exercise may increase flexibility and open the fingers over time

Try: #if standing the Care recipient (cr) places his or her hand palm down on a flat surface such as a tabletop or dresser #if sitting the cr places his or her palm against a wall #the cr gently streches the hand increasing the spread of the palm and straightens the fingers if necessary the cr can use the other hand to help by pushing on the fingers or the caregiver may assist #the cr holds the hand stretched out for between five and thirty seconds building up tolerance and flexibility #the exercise can be repeated throughout the day

Materials: Safe comfortable place to stand or sit flat surface

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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