How to Improve Hand Dexterity

Most people don’t realize how important dexterity is when it comes to their hands. Dexterity is having very well-tuned fine motor skills, specifically in the hands. Having dexterous hands means that every day you wake up without any hand pain or discomfort, and you can perform most tasks with reasonable ease and comfort. Hand dexterity is important for people who type every day, play guitar, or do any complicated action with their hands on a daily basis. Any repeated movement over a long period could hurt your hand dexterity, and potentially your overall range of motion.

One of the best ways to improve hand dexterity is to stretch often, and while there are several ways you can stretch your hands, remember to not over-stretch or over-extend yourself. If you want to ensure that you are taking every precaution possible, wash your hands in warm water or cover them in a hot towel every once in a while. Warming your hands helps blood travel through your fingers, making your whole hand more pliable.

One stretch in particular that helps with both strength and dexterity, is a hand exercise where you lift each individual finger (with your palms facing down) off of a flat surface like a table or countertop. By lifting each individual finger, you are strengthening each digit while simultaneously improving dexterity. Gently bending your fingers every once in a while also improves finger flexibility and increases the range of motion for each individual finger.

The VariGrip hand exerciser is a product built specifically with improving dexterity in mind. With its patented ability to adjust the resistance level in each individual finger, the variable tension functionality proves to be the ultimate way to improve both dexterity and strength. 

For example: 

“A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.” (https://www.bbc.com/news/education-46019429)

There are plenty of professions out there that require an incredible amount of hand dexterity and control. These future surgeons have lost dexterity in their hands and fingers due to the incredible amount of time they spend on their phones and on their computers. Their ability to hold surgical implements has actually been damaged by their amount of screen time. In their defense, a large majority of their time is probably spent studying on their computers. 

The point is that the lack of hand strength and dexterity is becoming commonplace. While this may seem inconsequential to most people, when you look at it from a ‘big picture’ perspective it’s actually very concerning. 

There hasn’t been a period in history where people were not actively using their hands for laborious tasks on a daily basis. It’s in our genetic makeup to be physically active, and our bodies are built to withstand this type of activity. Especially our hands. It used to be commonplace to be a stonemason, carpenter, etc… Now, it’s more common to encounter someone who works on their computer every day (myself included.) I know from personal experience that I’ve had some pain in my index finger after typing and clicking all day.

Some good advice would be to make a conscious effort to think about how much you are exercising and actively using your body. It’s good for you! You might even find that you become more productive and attentive every day. Physical exercise naturally increases your grip strength, and it also will improve your overall physical and mental health tenfold.

Click here for a breakdown of all the great exercises you can do with the VariGrip hand exerciser. There is a wide variety of great exercises which will both increase hand strength and finger dexterity. Feel free to check out the other blogs for other information about general hand health!