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Thumb resisted exercise are excellent exercise to increase range of movement of the multiple joints of the hand. It may help alleviate symptoms such as swelling, stiffness and pain brought on by injuries or inflammatory conditions.


  • Sit comfortably by a table or bench
  • Place your forearm and hand on the table with your thumb on top of hand
  • Interlace an elastic band around your thumb and fingers
  • Extend your thumb 90 degrees, away from the palm while keeping it parallel to the table
  • Further directions may be progressed by your Physiotherapist


Exercise with mild pain. Stop if pain becomes disabling