The following tips may prevent finger,
hand, and wrist problems.
Do exercises that strengthen your hand and arm
Stop, change, or take a break from activities that cause
Reduce the speed and force of repetitive movements
in activities such as hammering, typing, knitting, quilting, sweeping, raking,
playing racquet sports, or rowing.
Change positions when holding
objects, such as a book or playing cards, for any length of
Use your whole hand to grasp an object. Gripping with only
your thumb and index finger can stress your wrist.
When you work
with tools that vibrate, consider using special gloves that support the wrist
and have vibration-absorbing padding.
Wear protective gear, such as
wrist guards, in sports activities.
Protect your hands from cold
Wear gloves anytime it is cool
Use an insulated cover when you drink from a cold
Avoid caffeine (coffee, cola, tea, chocolate) and tobacco
products. Nicotine and caffeine cause blood vessels to narrow, which decreases
blood flow to the hands.
Eat a hot meal before going out. Eating
raises your body temperature and helps keep you warm.
Work posture and body mechanics
Organize your work so that you can change your
position occasionally while maintaining a comfortable
Position your work so you do not have to turn excessively
to either side.
Keep your shoulders relaxed when your arms are
hanging by your sides.
When using a keyboard, keep your forearms
parallel to the floor or slightly lowered and keep your fingers lower than your
wrists. Allow your arms and hands to move freely. Take frequent breaks to
stretch your fingers, hands, wrist, shoulders, and neck. If you use a wrist pad
during breaks from typing, it's best to rest your palm or the heel of your hand
on the support, rather than your wrist.