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Exercises For Preventing Hand Pain

According to The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), heavy use of handheld electronic devices can lead to hand ailments. In a national consumer education alert, professional hand therapists offer tips for preventing injuries caused by the extreme use of small personal music devices, smart phones and PDAs. In addition to providing healthy usage guidelines, ASHT recommends the following hand and wrist exercises to reduce the risk of injuries when using handheld electronics.

Note: These exercises should never be painful when completing them. You should only feel a gentle stretch. You should stretch both sides. Should you experience pain, please consult a hand therapist or physician.

Summary of ASHT Healthy Usage Guidelines

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The American Society of Hand Therapists is a not-for-profit organization seeking to advance the specialty of hand therapy through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards. ASHT’s 3,000 members in the United States, Canada and around the world strive to be recognized leaders in the hand therapy profession. For more information about hand therapy or to find a hand therapist in your area, visit www.asht.org.

Marji Hajic is a member of ASHT and an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.

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