Hi, I'm Natalie and today Veritas Health is bringing you three gentle morning stretches for Osteoarthritis hand pain relief. If any of these exercises hurt or worsen your symptoms, please stop and consult with your medical provider. If your hands are very stiff and sore in the morning, I recommend using hot water or a heating pad for 5 to 10 minutes before starting these exercises.

The first exercise is a towel squeeze to help with your grip strength. You're going to rest your forearm on a table or support with your other hand. Use a towel or soft object in your hand and just start with a gentle squeeze. Hold for a second and then relax, and work your way up to 10 of these.

It's important to start slow and let your hands warm up as you go.

The next exercise you can do for osteoarthritis hand pain relief is a finger bend stretch. This will help your fingers bend and more easily make a fist. You'll take the hand you want to stretch, put it out in front of you. Try to bend your fingers as much as you can and then use your other hand to try to move your hand more into a fist. Go to a point of gentle stretch, not into sharp pain. Hold this position for 15 seconds.

You can do this stretch two to three times to get a nice stretch to help you make a fist. The final stretch I'm going to show you is a wrist stretch. You'll take the hand you want to stretch with your palm facing up. Let your fingers point towards the ground, and use your other hand to provide gentle pressure looking for a stretch through the front of the forearm. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds.

You can work your way up to performing three sets of that stretch for 15 seconds. To learn more about osteoarthritis hand pain, please visit us at arthritis health. And be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos like this. Thank you for watching.

Dr. Natalie Ullrich is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists. She is passionate about treating each individual as a whole. Natalie’s credentials include a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from a CAPTE accredited program and more than 3 years of experience in orthopedic and sports medicine settings.