Are Typing and Wrist Pain Connected?


In our digital world, it’s likely you’ll spend at least some portion of the day typing on a computer, even if that’s not necessarily in your job description. Whether you’re typing up client briefs or commenting on your friends’ Facebook posts, learning how to type properly is key for helping prevent wrist and forearm pain.  (more…)

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How to Shred Guitar and Not Your Hands


The rock-and-roll lifestyle can put years on your life, but what often gets overlooked is the impact it has on your hands and wrists. Intense use for hours on end can really wear joints and muscles down. After years and years of playing, you could end up dreading that minute-long solo you’ve been working on for months. It’s important to make sure you protect and take care of your hands and wrists, so you can keep playing today’s music until it’s on the oldies channel. (more…)

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How to Ergonomically Enhance Your Office


Whether you’ve got a corner office with a view, a cozy cubicle, or simply a desk in a communal area, you’ve likely adorned your workspace with individualized elements to make it a little more you. A few picture frames here and there, maybe a nice lamp or a vase of flowers, and an over-the-door basketball hoop might be among the pieces of self-expression you’ve added to your personal cave. There are a few items you can add to your office that you might not have thought of—items that can help you avoid those aches and pains that often come from hunching over the computer all day. Check out our list of four items you can use to ergonomically enhance your…

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Sleight of Hand: 3 Easy Magic Tricks


Abracadabra, hocus pocus, alakazam! Break out your favorite magician catchphrase—you’re going to need it after reading this guide of 3 easy sleight-of-hand magic tricks. It’s amazing to see what types of magic tricks your hands are capable of! Check out our list and tell us your favorite magic trick.      (more…)

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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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