My hand and balance are progressing really well. Got a hacky sack that I constantly fiddle with to try and get some dexterity back.
Hi James, here I am again with some of my experiences getting my own hand dexterity back. Not sure if I can finally finish the post this time - I keep screwing it up. Since I post about this topic regularly, I'm trying to add links to threads and just quote my own self from them to avoid re-writing.
Hope it makes sense this time and that the info is helpful!
Here's a thread where someone suggested the “Prohands” general-discussion-f1/topic16926.html
And here's my post in that thread posting about the one I use - the Thera-band hand exercise ball.
I definitely want to try one of those (the prohands), especially since I'm a musician (a musician with a finger tremor) and typist. I've been talking about my own great results from using hand exercise balls for a long time, so I'm anxious to try the one you've recommended, too.
My hand/finger exercises have given me enough control that I no longer hit double letters with every stroke of my left hand and I can now play every note of a piano piece, although more slowly than pre-tremor. It's been nothing short of amazing to see the difference that hand exercises have made in my life.
Here's a link to a thread where I gave my experiences:http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-66953-ball.html#66953
Here's a link to the brand of ball I've been using (I get no profits from this one either.) You can find them at all different prices on the net, however, but the main link gives the different resistance weights.http://www.thera-band.com/store/product
I actually bought the balls for everyone in my family for Christmas one year. (If you can believe it, I've been the healthiest person in my family for awhile. )Theraband ball
- 1.5 lb (super SOFT - great to squeeze between fingers)red
- 3 lbgreen
- 5 lbblue
- 8 lb (the original one I got at a PT session. It was pretty stiff until I got used to it. I would start with a lower weight, like a 5 lb.)black
- 17 lb (Yikes. Too hard.)
And here’s a link to a thread about intention tremor where I posted about how the exercises helped my arthritis, too. general-discussion-f1/topic8006.html?hilit=ball
Quote from me:
I was given a therapeutic hand exercise ball at PT several years ago, which I kept forgetting to use. Then I started doing 5 minutes of specific finger exercises with it twice a day a couple of years ago while I used eye drops. I noticed the benefit immediately, but now, although I still feel the tremor, I have 90 % control over it. It's been nothing short of amazing!
Before, I couldn't even touch any of my fingers to my thumb, but now I can do anything I want with them (a little slower than usual, though). My typing speed is superfast, no double letters at all, and, although I can't play piano like I once did, I can play every single note of any piece I want to try.
Another benefit of the exercising has been total relief from the arthritis I have in my hands. I haven't felt one speck of pain in my bulging finger joints during the entire couple of years doing these exercises. Seriously! And they used to really throb now and then.