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Monday, August 18, 2008

Grip Strength Hand Training Exercise Strategy

9 muscles close the hand and are located on the front of the hand, wrist and elbow.

Equally, 9 muscles open the hand and are located on the back of the hand, wrist and elbow.

Hand and grip strength training must address all 18 hand muscles and their balance. Once an athlete, worker, musician or therapist strengthens, tones and balances all of the hand muscles, grip strength, performance and injury prevention are most maximized.

When daily activities involve repetitive gripping (repetitive flexion) or if hand exercises only address the muscles that close the hand (as in traditional hand exercisers), hand muscle imbalance develops! The result is RSI (repetitive strain injury) including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis/golfer’s elbow, trigger finger, DeQuervain’s Syndrome and DuPuytren's contracture.

Hand muscle imbalance results in:

1. Shortened finger flexor muscles & tendons
2. Shortened thumb flexor muscles & tendons
3. Closing of the carpal tunnel.
4. Shortened elbow flexor muscles & tendons.

What occupations commonly cause flexor muscle imbalance?
Repetitive flexion injuries are common wherever repetitive hand actions occur: Some examples are computer workers, assembly and production line workers, dentists, dental technicians, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, surgeons, cashiers, beauticians/barbers, truck drivers, seamstress, trades people, artists, crafts people, athletes and musicians.

Conditions where balanced rehabilitative hand exercise is an essential as part of treatment:
Carpal tunnel syndrome; tennis elbow; golfers elbow; DeQuervain’s syndrome; flexor contracture; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; stroke & neuropathy; post-surgical rehabilitation in hand, wrist and elbow surgery; rehabilitation of hand, wrist and elbow sprain/fracture; subluxation; adhesion, to name a few.

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