LIM_Healthy Hands

THE HAND CHALLENGE

The second – We are going to embark on a very special, heartfelt journey together that will bring joy to both you and those who surround you. Below, you will find a list of things that we will all be doing at the same time and you are challenged to complete the whole list. Take a moment during each task to appreciate the special role that your hands play in each one. At the end of this journey, you will likely find yourself in awe of the seemingly simple, and yet profound, ways that our hands “touch” our lives everyday. Once completed, shoot me an email at adriveros@lifeinmotion- therapy.com and let me know about your experience!

Give someone a hug. A great big one. Squeeze them a little longer than normal. Make sure you know them, of course! Write someone a handwritten letter and mail it via snail mail. If this makes you feel extra nostalgic, send several! Give someone a high five or a pat on the back for a job well-done. Make up a secret handshake with someone…and use it. Play old school tic-tac-toe with someone...on paper. If you don’t know what this is, ask someone over 25. Give someone a good, firm handshake. (If you are a current hand If you have children in your family, have them trace their hands, cut them out and put them somewhere safe where you’ll find them again one day! Make someone a “pinky-promise” – and keep it! Hold hands with someone I hope you that you find unexpected joy in completing these activities and that you give your hands some well-deserved recognition this holiday season for the treasures that they are! If you have trouble doing any of these activities, use the Free Screening coupon on the opposite side and come see me! Happy Holidays! therapy patient, use the other hand for now!) Learn American Sign Language for “I love you”.

The hand is one of the most magnificent creations known to man. Inside the hand alone, there are 27 bones, sometimes more. That’s a lot of bones! In order for the hand to move with the intricate dexterity and coordination that we never think about, it requires a sophisticated interplay of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. Many of these structures are tiny, but they do big jobs! The hand is connected to the arm via the wrist – another structure that we don’t give enough credit to…until we can’t use it normally, that is. When an injury to the hand or wrist occurs, it can have a significant impact on a person’s day-to-day activities, such as dressing, writing and caring for loved ones. It can also affect a person’s ability to perform their job which can have unexpected, and sometimes very serious, implications. The worst thing is that accidents don’t care who you are or what you do. To add insult to injury, they don’t even tell you when they are going to happen. How inconsiderate of them! In short, our hands are our lifeline to many parts of our lives that we hold dear. However, they often go underappreciated until they don’t work “normally” anymore. Well, during this issue of Motion Matters, we are going to do two things to address this. The first – We are going to outline some simple ways to help you keep your hands and wrists safe while you enjoy all of the activities of this holiday season. (See “Keeping Your Hands & Wrist Safe” on the opposite side.)

Sincerely, Adrienne Driggers Riveros Occupational/Hand Therapist

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