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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 stretches and strengthens your hands and wrists. Before starting, read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, inform your healthcare provider.

  • 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 for each hand. Do _____ sets a day.

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