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Hand and Wrist Exercises: Finger Grip and Release

Palm view of hand with fingers in tight fist.

Palm view of hand with fingers splayed.

This exercise is designed to stretch and strengthen your hands and wrists. Before beginning, read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, inform your healthcare provider.

  • With your _____ hand, make a tight fist. (Or you can grasp a sponge or ball.) Hold for _____ seconds. Then relax.

  • Spread your fingers as far apart as possible. Hold for _____ seconds. Then relax.

  • Repeat _____ times. Do _____ sets a day.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 3/14/2012
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