Exercise therapy and mobilisation techniques
- Stiffness of the hand is one of the most common complications following injury or surgery, and is something that Hand Therapists spend a great deal of time preventing and treating.
- Following injury, movement is very important. Exercise is the basis of any therapy programme. Therapists will instruct the patient to keep unaffected joints moving and direct exercises to the affected area as the healing process allows.
- As healing continues, exercises may include passive movements but these will always be within the pain tolerance of the individual.
- As strength improves, resistance may be added using a variety of exercise equipment and computer biofeedback systems. If specific joints display stiffness, mobilisation techniques will be used by the therapist to gently move the affected joint using small oscillations.