Saturday, December 29, 2012
Hand & Finger Grip Strength Exercises & Bad Posture to the Hand Wrist & Elbow
I can't say I know how it happened, but hand muscle strengthening and grip strength exercises have been poorly misinterpreted in our society for decades. And the resultant problems are rampant. Yet health experts claim that the cause of hand, wrist, carpal tunnel & elbow imbalance is mostly unknown. The anatomy has been there in clear site in Grey's Anatomy since 1858!
Think of what you have been told over the years regarding hand strength exercises. Were you given or told to get a tennis ball, a racquetball, a coiled gripper, a spring-loaded gripper or a stress ball to squeeze repetitively to help you with your hand strength? I was. And It may have felt as though you were getting stronger in the short-term using these items, but in the long term these 'grip-only' items promote imbalance to the hand, wrist, carpal tunnel & elbow. On their own they are inefficient at best... harmful at worst.
We know so much more about hand muscles and hand & finger strength exercises today. There are nine muscles that close the hand (that are generally located on the front of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow) as well as nine muscles that open the hand (that are generally located on the back of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow). They work in unison to make each key peck, flex, grab and grip that we do every day. And yet we do such a poor job of taking care of them. Why would we ever think it is a good exercise to only address the nine muscles that close the hand? Because this is what tradition has led us to believe. Our consumer culture provides what we ask for... and we don't know the difference - until now!
And, inevitably, this same imbalance is at the core of so many mysterious finger, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel, forearm and elbow injuries, yet our ignorance of hand muscle anatomy & balance leaves us clueless as to the cause. Instead we mostly focus on managing the symptoms of the resulting imbalance condition. This is always an inadequate approach. Even experts in computers, smartphones, gaming, sports, music and workplace ergonomics are still adhering to this archaic 'grip-only' advice in strengthening this area. It is the blind leading the blind. There can be no way to accomplish strength, balance and stability with this hand strength exercise approach.
Handmaster Plus combines multiple complicated exercises into very few balanced exercises that allow the user to train through full balanced natural ranges of motion. Great for users, trainers and therapists. People understand the concept of hand muscle balance exercises affecting the stability of the hand, wrist, carpal tunnel & elbow once they hear it. The problem is the dense traditional belief system that society has created about 'grip-only' hand exercise (i.e. the acceptance of coiled grippers, spring-loaded grippers & stress balls, tennis balls, etc.) or no exercise.
We are educating 100's per day and we appreciate your assistance in spreading the word. These are very preventable conditions if we just recognize the imbalance that occurs from regular gripping. Repetitive gripping is much the same concept as bad posture. We would never strengthen the 'flexing' muscles of the core to correct bad posture. Yet this is just what we do in hand muscle balance every day... we keep advancing the flexion imbalance and thus we keep seeing hand, wrist, carpal tunnel and elbow instability... let's address hand muscle balance exercises from the start and stabilize these vitally key muscles & joints!
The other key factor of complete balanced exercise is that we stimulate maximum blood flow. Blood flow is how we get vital oxygen & nutrients to our tissues. Why would anyone only use a small range of any muscle. Move as fully as you are safely able for optimum tissue health. It applies everywhere in your body, not just the hand, wrist & elbow....
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