All You Need to Know about Sculpting


Tuesday was National Relaxation Day. This national day is a reminder to take time out of your busy schedule to relax and recuperate. Everyone needs a little R&R to stay fresh! While hobbies such as watching TV or reading a book are common ways to unwind, consider taking things up a notch with an activity that makes good use of your hands—sculpting. Even if you haven’t been blessed with loads of artistic talent, sculpting is definitely a skill that can be improved upon with practice. Sketch Your Idea If you don’t want your masterpiece to look like it was created by a baby, some preparation is needed. Before you even consider busting out the clay, sketch your design on a piece…

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How to Remove Motor Oil from Hands


Knowing how to change the oil in your car is one of those valuable life skills that everyone should have in their arsenal. For one thing, it’s a great way to save some money. However, even if you’d rather just skip the fuss and pay the mechanic to change it for you, it’s still a great skill that might come in handy should you ever find yourself in a bind. There is one aspect of changing the oil in a car that’s not so great to deal with though, and that’s removing the grease from your hands and skin after the task has been completed. What is it about motor oil that makes it so tough to clean off of…

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about Your Hands


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. We’re crazy about hands! Our hands help us accomplish so many tasks, and they deserve a little recognition. They certainly make our lives easier, which is fitting, since this week is Simplify Your Life Week. Keep reading to learn six cool facts you never knew about your hands. (more…)

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How to Help Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills


There are few things as precious as watching a young child grow. Those first wobbly baby steps, the first boisterous belly laugh, and the sweet sound of a first word—these experiences are priceless. As a parent, you know how important the first few years are for a child’s growth and development. Putting an emphasis on fine motor skills is one crucial aspect that can help a child strengthen hand muscles, allowing him or her to learn how to independently complete everyday tasks, like buttoning a coat, tying shoelaces, or writing with a pencil. At the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, we promote hand health for people of all ages, from one to ninety-nine. Check out some of the best activities…

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How to Avoid Injuries When You Practice the Art of Massage


It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year—EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week! And it’s true—everyone deserves to take an hour or two and just relax. Of course, we can’t forget about the ones giving the massages. Massage therapists, you deserve one too! You’re busy taking care of your clients and helping them de-stress, but what about you? Take some time this week to treat yourself. In the meantime, we know that massage therapists spend their days working out knots and tension in their clients’ backs, shoulders, and other body parts, and those repetitive motions can take a toll on the hands and wrists. We’ve found some great ways for massage therapists to prevent injuries and protect their hands, while…

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Everything You Want to Know about Henna Tattoos


Chances are, you’ve probably seen henna tattoos before, even if you didn’t know what they were called. Henna tattoos are a beautiful work of art and are often found on the hands, wrists, and arms. The art of applying henna is also known as mehndi, and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt when Egyptians would paint the nails of mummies using henna dye, and Cleopatra would use it to decorate her body.   (more…)

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How to Improve Your Tennis Swing


Summer is in full swing (pun intended) and that means scorching temperatures in Houston. Sticking to a consistent workout plan is key throughout the year even when it’s nice and toasty out. If you love basking in the Texas heat, tennis is a great sport that allows you to exercise at different intensity levels. Break out the tennis racket, grab a buddy, and meet us on the court—but only after you improve your tennis swing with our top tips. (If tennis isn’t your thing, check out our blog on perfecting your golf swing instead.) (more…)

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Fire Safety Tips for the Fourth of July


The Fourth of July brings juicy burgers and perfectly grilled hot dogs, the mouthwatering smell of fresh-baked apple pie, and a night under the fireworks—but if the right precautions aren’t taken, it can also bring injuries and burns. Did you know that 70% of firework-related injuries occur between June 20th and July 20th? Or that 41% of those injuries are hand injuries? Fireworks aren’t the only Fourth of July activity that can cause hand injuries. Many people spend the holiday grilling hot dogs and hamburgers with friends, or hanging out by the campfire while camping for the weekend. Without practicing proper safety tips, these popular Fourth of July activities can lead to serious injuries and hand pain. We’ve gathered a…

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How to Improve Your Golf Swing


The first day of summer was this past Tuesday. Summer living means the kids are done with school and you may finally have time to lie by the pool and break out the BBQ. With the Houston humidity, fun in the sun might not be your first choice for a good time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture out in the evenings when temperatures cool down a teeny bit. Summer is a great time to perfect your golf swing so you can become the next Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson. Like they say, practice makes perfect. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, constantly working at your craft is what leads to major improvements to your…

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Finger Paint the Day Away: Tips for Children


At the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, we know how important it is for your children to learn fine motor skills at a young age. Developing fine motor skills allows children to learn how to strengthen and control the hand, fingers, and thumb—which is essential for completing everyday tasks like brushing teeth, tying shoes, or zipping up a jacket. Finger painting is a great way to encourage the development of fine motor skills in your children. As an added bonus, it also promotes hands-on learning, which allows kids to establish a love of learning because they’re having fun while doing it. And what better way to promote hands-on learning than with finger painting? Here are three tips to enhance your…

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