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Hand and Feet Exercises

Downloadable PDF of Exercises

When we think of exercises we don’t often think of the muscles controlling our fine motor skills. For those of us with neuropathy, this one of the first places our function is impacted. Below is a downloadable PFD file (2 pages) with exercise designed especially for the fine motor skills.

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Why do Feet Exercises?

Feet Exercises help lower risk of falls.

Feet exercises are of paramount importance for individuals with peripheral neuropathy as they can help improve circulation, enhance mobility, and reduce the risk of complications associated with the condition. Peripheral neuropathy often leads to diminished sensation and motor function in the feet, increasing the likelihood of falls, injuries, and foot-related problems such as ulcers or infections. Regular feet exercises, including stretching, strengthening, and proprioceptive training, can help maintain flexibility and strength in the muscles and ligaments of the feet, promoting better balance and coordination. Additionally, exercises that focus on improving circulation, such as ankle pumps and toe wiggles, can enhance blood flow to the feet, which is crucial for nourishing the nerves and tissues and preventing further nerve damage. By incorporating feet exercises into their daily routine, individuals with peripheral neuropathy can optimize foot health, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of complications, ultimately enhancing their overall quality of life.

Why do Hand Exercises?

Hand Exercises help those with neuropathy keep hand function.

Hand exercises are incredibly valuable for individuals living with peripheral neuropathy, as they can help maintain dexterity, strength, and functionality in the hands and fingers. Peripheral neuropathy often leads to decreased sensation and motor control in the hands, making it challenging to perform everyday tasks such as writing, grasping objects, and buttoning clothes. Regular hand exercises, including stretching, gripping, and fine motor movements, can help preserve range of motion and prevent stiffness and weakness in the hands. Additionally, exercises that focus on improving circulation, such as finger taps and wrist rotations, can enhance blood flow to the hands, which is essential for nourishing the nerves and tissues and promoting healing. By incorporating hand exercises into their daily routine, individuals with peripheral neuropathy can maintain independence, improve hand function, and enhance their overall quality of life.

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CNA’s mission is to empower those affected by neuropathy to regain strength and retain function.

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