Last reply 5 days ago
Exercises for regaining feeling in hand?

Hello

Does anybody have any physio/ exercises they might be willing to share to assist with building co ordination in the hand. The issue I have at present is if I was asked to touch a “spot” somewhere in front of me on a wall for example, I am able to get near the spot with my hand but then as soon as I attempt to touch it with my finger, my finger kicks off to the side and misses the spot! So infuriating but hey ho.
I think it’s a wait and see thing for sensation to come back fully but if there’s any ideas out there I am willing to try anything while I am sat here bored and waiting for sensation to return………….. if it ever does return.

Thanks

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adrian_marlow
1 week ago

underdog
1 week ago

Thank you @adrian_marlow I will certainly give some of those a try.

🙂


stumbler
1 week ago

@underdog , are you aware of the specific cause of your problem? Is it just manual dexterity or is there a visual problem too?

You might find the following useful :-

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Resources-for-Researchers/Clinical-Study-Measures/9-Hole-Peg-Test-(9-HPT)


underdog
1 week ago

Hi @stumbler

That’s an interesting article. I don’t think I have a visual issue (apart from reading up close!). It seems to be the “final” signals of performing tasks where the issue is. If i were to point to a spot on the wall, my hand would follow the correct trajectory but then at the last 5 cm my finger would divert off and miss the spot!
Likewise if I attempt to do up or undo a button, I can hold the button but the signal seems to disappear when I attempt to flick the button into the final destination. Using a fork is weird I don’t seem to have the strength to fully engage fork into said food item.
It was explained by my neuro that the nerve signals are needing to find a new route to carry out the tasks I am trying to do so was hoping that I may need to help the signals through exercise or “brain” training activity.


stumbler
1 week ago

@underdog, you might find that 9 hole peg test a useful exercise, trying to beat your best time……….


mlgilber1
1 week ago

I always go to physical therapy when my hands feel weak or are bothering me and it helps so much, but had to stop because of covid and I’m on an immunosuppressant. I ordered some of the tools we use off amazon and they aren’t that expensive. I got a set of the different hand putty’s, this thing that looks kind of like a net/web that you grip, and a little weight that has buttons to help strengthen each individual finger, and they’ve given me resistance bands. You could always search amazon for hand physical therapy tools and a bunch come up.


underdog
1 week ago

Hello @mlgilber1

Thank you for the pointers, I will definitely check out Amazon to see what there is.

@stumbler yes thanks, I’ve dug out an old game of Chinese checkers I had in a box to have a practice on. Probably turn into more a game of “frustration” but guess you got to start somewhere…….


mjbarrett
1 week ago

I highly suggest finding a PT or OT well versed in neuro deficits and a hand therapist may be a good options well. There are so many different exercises you can do I could never type them all up here (I am a PT). In the meantime, target practice could be a good one…I use sticky notes as the targets, and you could put a dot on it. Start with a big dot and work towards doing smaller dots, if needed. You may also try starting with the target closer and work it further away as you progress. You can also practice with your fork and food…or you could use clay or play doh if you don’t want to actually use food and can also start with larger pieces and work toward smaller ones. The main thing is practice…that is what reworks the neuromuscular system and creates the new pathways.


underdog
5 days ago

@mjbarrett Thank you for the advice. Yes, I’m throwing random items at various targets around the house, much to my wife’s displeasure, the dog enjoys chasing the objects though, every cloud has a silver lining…………

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