What to know first
Exercises for hand arthritis may help improve your range of motion or strengthen your muscles. To reduce pain before you start, try soaking your hands in warm water. You may want to try some of the exercises with your hands submerged in warm water or while you’re in a heated pool. The buoyancy of the water lessens stress on the joints. For each of these exercises, it’s best to start with a few slow repetitions once a day as pain permits and gradually work up to 10. Repeat the exercise on your right and left hand if both are affected.