Exercises to Improve Hand Co-ordination
Beats Medical provide Parkinson’s hand treatment exercises which help improve muscle strength and hand coordination. The award winning Parkinson’s service delivers these exercises to the comfort of your own home, making your daily tasks that little bit easier.
We use our hands every day, whether it’s buttoning a shirt, cooking, or gardening. Dedicating five to ten minutes each day will help you to build strength in your hands, and has proven amazing results. We have analysed the best hand exercises to help target the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
1. Wrist extensions and flexion
Start by placing your forearm on a table, allowing your hand to hang off the edge of the table with your palm down. Move your hand up and down, bending at the wrist. Repeat this movement 10 times on each wrist.
2.Grab your Beats Medical dexterity ball
Grab a softball and hold it in your palm, squeeze the ball as hard as you can without causing pain. Squeeze for 2-5 seconds and release. Repeat this exercise 10-12 times on each hand, 2-3 times a week. This will increase your ability to hold objects and help your daily routines.
3. Finger lift
Start by placing your right-hand palm down on a table. Beginning with your thumb, lift each finger slowly off the table, hold it up for 1-2 seconds then slowly bring it back to the table. Repeat the action with the rest of your fingers before moving to the opposite hand. Repeat this exercise 8-10 times on each hand. This can increase the range of motion and flexibility in your fingers.
4. Pinch Exercise
Place your index finger on the top and your thumb on the bottom of the softball. Pinch as hard as you can without causing pain. Hold for 1-2 seconds. Repeat this exercise with each finger and then move to your other hand. Repeat the exercise on each hand 3-5 times. This exercise can help with holding objects as well as doing up buttons and zippers. If you don’t have a softball you can use a clothes peg for this exercise.
5. Stacking Coins
Stacking coins can be beneficial for coordination, working on your fine motor skills. Grab a handful of loose change and stack them one on top of the other. You can stack them by size. Start by using your thumb and index finger. If you find this tricky, try using your thumb and two fingers.
The Beats Medical app has a range of exercises that target hand movements. Our customers have used the service to help them with handwriting, tying shoelaces, buttoning shirts and opening medicine packets.
Remember, the Beats Medical annual subscription also includes an exclusive Beats Medical starter pack with tools to help your exercises. For information about our pricing options, view our website here.