Monday, February 21, 2011

Anita Beiles here. Several years ago I had a diagnosed attack of Multiple Sclerosis. The residuals I deal with now are extreme fatigue and very little sensitivity in my hands and feet. When I exercise strenuously, numbness creeps up my legs and arms. It is very hard to get to an aerobic level. I am making one of my goals to do these stretching exercises in hopes of strengthening my hands and arms and eventually get to be able to increase my aerobic output.

• recommends exercises for the hands and arms should be done while working on something repetitive or with continuous motion.

1. You should take a break every 20 minutes and perform the following exercises.
2. Clench your fist for 5 seconds, then release and straighten your fingers totally for 5 seconds. Repeat this 5 times with both hands.
3. Bend your fingers back as far as possible with one hand, hold for 5 seconds. Repeat with the other hand and do 5 repetitions on each.
4. An effective isometric exercise for your hands and arms is to clench your fist tightly with the bottom of the clenched fist facing upwards. Use your other hand to force your fist down, pushing up at the same time with the clenched fist.
5. Repeat the exercise but do it with the clenched fist facing down this time. Repeat each step 5 times and on each hand.

If you work at a desk all day, try to keep your wrists straight whenever possible. If you use tools, make sure to grasp them with your entire hand and not just the tips of your fingers. Wear sturdy work gloves while working with vibrating or power tools--this will help to avoid pressure on the median nerve.

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