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Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury: Improve Your Handgrip Strength

Updated on April 10, 2013

Strength Training For RSI

An effective technique for avoiding Repetitive Strain Injuries is to take up exercise.

This can increase the strength of your limbs and improve your posture.

But what about your hands and fingers?

Have you thought of hand strengthening exercises?

You spend hours every day tapping at the keyboard or clicking the mouse and your hands just ache!

What you need to avoid muscle injury is something that can increase your finger strength.

That's where the Gripmaster Pro hand exerciser can come in handy.

Read on to find out more!

Gripmaster Hand Exerciser - Medium Tension

The Gripmaster Hand Exerciser from ProHands.Net improves your grip strength.

It is usually advertised for sports people (such as mountain climbers) or musicians, but I have found from experience that it helps with RSI too.

Gripmaster Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)
Gripmaster Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)

This small hand exerciser fits in your pocket and allows you to quickly and discretely exercise your hand at any moment of the day.

It has a comfortable handle that fits either hand.

It has separate buttons which are spring-loaded to allow individual fingers to be exercised.

I have been using this to improve my hand and finger strength so that I can work at the computer without getting intense pain or discomfort.

As part of my armoury for My Current Anti RSI Setup, it is helping me to get more work done while holding back strain injuries.

I am very happy to report that this has helped me avoid discomfort since the very first week I started using it.

 
Gripmaster Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)
Gripmaster Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)

The one I use.

Medium tension, right down the middle.

 
Gripmaster Hand Exerciser - 2 Pack-Black
Gripmaster Hand Exerciser - 2 Pack-Black

2 for the price of 1 - a real bargain!

 
PRO Hand and Finger Exerciser, Extra-Heavy Tension (11 lbs per Finger)
PRO Hand and Finger Exerciser, Extra-Heavy Tension (11 lbs per Finger)

As the name suggests, for the Pro.

Probably better for rock climbers than RSI sufferers!

 

RSI Prevention Exercises

While the Gripmaster hand exerciser looks simple, there are actually a large number of exercises that you can do with it.

The most obvious one is to exercise the individual fingers, one by one.

However, it may not be obvious which ones will help with Repetitive Strain Injury.

Here are the exercises I have found most useful to date:

  1. Individual fingers, particularly 3rd (ring) and 4th (pinky) fingers
  2. Basic squeeze, where you hold the gadget between your outstretched fingers and thumb
  3. Another squeeze where you hold the edge of the Gripmaster between your thumb and your forefinger

Number 2 will exercise the middle of your hand, rather than your fingers.

I have found this particularly useful with my use of the Evoluent Vertical Mouse.

Do you use hand and finger exercises to hold RSI at bay?

Do you think it helps?

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      changrcoacher 3 years ago

      Good lens to remind us to exercise our hands and fingers. I do specific exercises that counteract how we normally use our bodies.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @ConvenientCalendar: You're welcome.

      Thanks for reading.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great advice! Enjoyed it!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @iwrite100: Glad you found it helpful.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      I haven't use hand and finger exercises for this purpose but I will now.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this advice!