Hands are one of the most important parts of our bodies. We use them every day and all day.
Here are a few tips to decrease a potential hand injury.
1. Don’t Use Your Hands as a Tool
Your hands are very versatile which makes it tempting to use them for everything. Everyday tasks such as opening boxes, tightening bolts, pulling out nails and ripping open bags can put unnecessary stress on your hands. Let tools such as a can opener or screwdriver do these tasks. For more protection, try switching from manual tools to electric.
2. Rest Your Hands
Just like any other part of your body, your hands need a break after extensive use. If your hands become sore, take a short break to stretch and massage them. You should do this with every 15-30 minutes of use.
3. Adapt Your Environment to Your Hands
Your hands don’t have to be overused. If you start to feel sore after doing the same task every day, think about changing how you do things with your hands. For example rather than using your hands, take advantage of other objects such as a vice or book stand, to hold things for you. If some objects are too heavy, switch to using more lightweight kitchen, construction or gardening supplies. Lastly if some objects are too abrasive or hard on your hands, try making them more comfortable by adding a layer of foam to those objects.
4.Protect and Respect Your Hands
Stop and think about what you’re doing and if it is safe for your hands. Wear protective gloves when doing work and be conscious of your environment and your actions. A small mistake can lead to a sprained, broken or bruised hand which can have a lasting impact.
Your hands need exercise just like the rest of your body. Spending 15 minutes each day exercising your hands can decrease your chances of an injury.
For further information about hand therapy, contact a Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas office or make an appointment online.