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Can You Do This With Your Hands?

Last night after dinner we challengend each other to do different things with our fingers and it turns out that I have the worst mobility in my hands compared with the rest of the family.

This is our 5 year old raising 3 fingers. Note the 90° angle between his middle finger and thumb. Also note how his digit and middle finger line up neatly next to each other and how the palm is nice and flat.
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This is my husband's hand doing the same. Note the angle between the middle finger and thumb is less than 90°. But looking pretty good.
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Get ready for the disaster that is my hand. I mean, you could say there is a good angle between my middle finger and my thumb but look at how my thumb caves in. I need to do something about that.
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So I went and did something about it.

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I found this bouncy ball and   massaged the tight area. I did it for 20 seconds. On the photo I have the ball on the table but I actually did the release with the ball on the floor where I could fully extend my arm and adjust the pressure. It felt good.

 

 

 

Then I raised my 3 fingers again. And my muscle had a lightbulb moment. I had just woken up some motor pathways with this short massage and my muscle released. Check this out.

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So just a little mindfulness and a short muscle release is what it took to make a change. Now that I experienced this I can practice this everytime I have to raise three fingers. Which I have to do a lot. Because I have kids. I need to do it when I say things like: 3 MORE MINUTES AND THEN WE BRUSH OUR TEETH.

But there are other ways to raise 3 fingers as my 5 year old taught me. And even he already has tension patterns as you can see.
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We need healthy muscles in our hands! Unless you want arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome or frozen shoulders and neck as you get older.

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