You shake them, you wash them, you burn them on occasion, and you use them to do just about everything in your life— as such, it’s important that you are taking proper care of your hands. As one of the most neglected parts of your body, however, your hands can easily become damaged— leaving you out of commission while you heal from hand surgery. This article will discuss a few, easy ways that you can take better care of your hands and the skin on them. Read on to learn more.
Do Hand Stretches
If you are a business professional and sit in front of your computer all day long typing, then you may notice that your fingers start to feel sore at the end of each day. The tendons and joints in your hands can become sore and swollen from things like excessive typing. To help protect you from developing diseases like carpal tunnel syndrome, try to do hand stretches every day. Bend your wrist so that your hand is at a 90-degree angle with your fingers facing upward. Take your other hand and pull back with your fingers so that they get closer to your wrist— you may feel sore at first, but it should subside after a few times of doing this stretch. Additionally, you can use a customized therapy handball that you can squeeze every few hours to help stretch out the joints in your hands.
Wear the Right Protection
People injure themselves all the time because they play sports without wearing the proper gear. Specifically, they get hand injuries by participating in sports like baseball or boxing without wearing gloves or mitts. Whenever you are playing a sport that requires you to use your hands, make sure that you are equipped with the right gear.
You may not realize it, but the skin on your hand receives a lot of sun damage every day by doing small things like driving. To help protect the skin on your hands, try getting into the habit of wearing sunscreen on them every day. The more protection they have— the better your skin will look.
Taking proper care of your hands requires a bit more work, but it’s worth it in the long run. To learn more about ways that you can care for your hands and the skin on your hands, contact Dr. George Philp.