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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Accessorize Your Hands: A How-To Guide for Making Jewelry


We’ve taught you about exercises to strengthen your hands and wrists, bad habits that can hurt them, and DIY salve recipes to moisturize them. Now that you know how to promote good hand and wrist health, we’re here to share with you tips for accessorizing your hands and wrists. Specifically, we’ve found 6 amazing DIY jewelry tutorials, so you can make custom bracelets and rings that help you express your style. Let’s get started! (more…)

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3 Exercises Older Adults Should Add to the Workout Routine


The long-term benefits of physical exercise are unquestioned. While many of the articles we read focus on a younger crowd, working out is just as important when you’ve reached senior status. National Senior Health & Fitness Day just took place yesterday. This special celebration is the country’s largest health promotion event for older adults. We always encourage our patients to be proactive with their health as it’s a way to prevent complications down the road. At the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, we treat a large number of older adults who suffer from hand problems. One effective way to strengthen bones is through exercise. We’ll provide you with three exercises you can easily add to your weekly routine along with…

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A Salute in Honor of the Fallen Military Veterans


On Monday, we honor the brave military men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Because of their great sacrifice, we are able to enjoy rights and freedoms in the United States that are not afforded to many, and for that, we are forever grateful. We will never forget those who fought with everything they had to make our country the home of the free and the land of the brave. (more…)

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The Worst Handshakes and What They Say About You


In the past, we’ve given you tips on how to master an impressive handshake; today, we’re going to discuss some of the pitfalls. There are several different types of handshakes, but we’re going to focus on the ones you’ll want to avoid. Read along to learn what these handshakes are, what they might say about your personality, and what alternatives you can try to leave a better impression on those you interact with. The Dead Fish Handshake People that shake hands passively, without much grip (if any) are typically a bit timid. This kind of handshake usually signifies that the person dislikes confrontation and probably lacks self-confidence. Maybe this person is afraid of overstepping their boundaries, or perhaps he or…

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Mother’s Day: Celebrate with Beautiful Nail Art


This weekend, we celebrate mothers—the women who support us, who build us up, and who have made us who we are today. Mothers come in all forms—biological, foster, adopted, and honorary. The world is a better place because of mothers, and they deserve to be celebrated! If you forgot to get your mother a present this year, don’t run to the store for some last-minute flowers and an overpriced card. Celebrate your mother by pampering her with a manicure and some custom nail art. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite, simple nail art ideas, and a few tips to make it a little easier, too. (more…)

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