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Sunday, November 15, 2009


Culinary School Hand Exercises - Maximize Performance & Strength; Reduce Injury Risk!

We received a question from a student about to start in culinary school asking about hand strength, reflexes and preventing injury. We are always happy to get questions like this, because at doczac Enterprises, it is important to us to educate our users in order to provide them with a enjoyable work or sports or music experience and thus prevent injuries that are related to their activity. Most repetitive stress injury cases are preventable through proper education and proper exercise.

Thank you for your question. This is an excellent question. When we designed the Handmaster Plus this is exactly the application we desired. We very much want people to understand how to properly strengthen their hands, wrist, forearms and elbows for maximum performance and for maximum injury prevention.

When you train your hands with the Handmaster Plus exercise device, you will strengthen all the muscles that open the hand as well as all the muscles that close the hand. This is important because as you advance in culinary school, there will be great stress on these muscles and because there will be so much gripping asked of you, you will prepare your body for these tasks and will also prevent the repetitive gripping injuries that often go along with these tasks.

Because you strengthen all of the muscles of the hand you will be will to move well in any plane of motion. Opposingly, if the hands are not trained properly, the nature of the repetitive gripping activities will tend to make your hands, wrists, forearms and elbows strong in certain planes but not in others. You are wise to train all of the hand muscles through their full range of motion regularly now in order to have access to reflexes in all directions. Handmaster Plus is the only device that allows you to strengthen all 18 of the hand muscles (nine muscles close by hand and nine muscles the hand) in one continuous exercise. Thus it is very convenient and there is no excuse for you not to do your exercises.

The other main concern is that when you handle heavy pots and pans for example, the finger extensor muscles (which are the muscles on the back of your forearm) contract statically in one position to support the action of gripping. The contract even more when the pots and pans are heavy. This subject alone causes the finger extensor muscles to be chronically shortened and therefore very easily injured. This problem itself leads to extensor tendinitis and tennis elbow. It is a very common condition in people who use their hands daily for work. Many cannot understand why this is. Now that you are educated about the subject, you will find it easy to prevent.

It is a good idea to tell your other culinary school students about this exercise as it will allow them to be performing maximally while at the same time reducing their risk of repetitive stress injuries.

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