Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury: Improve Your Handgrip Strength
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.
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.
If you want it extra light!
The one I use.
Medium tension, right down the middle.
2 for the price of 1 - a real bargain!
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:
- Individual fingers, particularly 3rd (ring) and 4th (pinky) fingers
- Basic squeeze, where you hold the gadget between your outstretched fingers and thumb
- 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.
Useful Information About RSI
- My Anti-RSI Setup
I have written a number of articles about my experiences with RSI and my attempts to both heal and prevent RSI injuries from happening again. This article is about my current setup at my work desk and is published in the hope that someone, somewhere
- RSI Prevention Part 9 - Gripmaster Hand Exerciser From Prohands.Net | Timbo on Tech
Blog post about the Gripmaster hand exerciser. Part of my RSI series.
- Preventing RSI Part 1 | Timbo on Tech
Part 1 in my RSI series.
- Evoluent Vertical Mouse Review
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is a true alternative mouse and has done a lot to help me beat RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). This mouse is different, probably more than any other mouse you have ever seen. It could be called a 'side mouse', because it
Do you use hand and finger exercises to hold RSI at bay?
Do you think it helps?
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