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January 9, 2019

 

 

Therapy Putty can be used to improve grip strength, dexterity, and hand strengthening through finger, hand, and wrist resistive exercises.

 

Theraputty Activities

  1. Make your name

Hold the putty with both hands and roll into a ball. With the thumb and finger pads of your preferred hand, pinch off small pieces of putty by twisting and pinching the end of the ball. Roll small pieces into small pea shapes and then roll these into long sausages. Use the long sausages to make your name.  

2. Hide and Seek

Try hiding small objects (beads, marbles, coins)

inside the putty and then try pulling and

pinching them out.

 

3. Pancake spread

Roll the putty into a ball using both hands.

Place the ball on a table and flatten the ball

to make a pancake by placing one hand flat

on top of the other and arms straight.

Pick up the pancake from the table and

close one set of fingers together whilst extended. 

Place the pancake over the top of fingers and thumb and open them out as far as you can.

 

 

 

 

4. Donut Stretch 

Roll putty into a ball using both hands. Roll the ball in to a snake.  Squish ends together to form a donut.

Place putty loop around fingers. Stretch loop by opening at large knuckles only. Keep the thumb still and finger straight.  

Complete with both hands. 

  • To increase the resistance, make the donut thicker or use a higher resistance putty 

 

5. Finger Scissor 

Using a small amount of putty roll into a ball.

Spread your fingers and place the ball in between

two fingers (e.g. index and middle finger).

Squeeze the ball with your fingers until they touch.

Repeat with all fingers and complete on both hands. 

 

 

 

 

6. Pinching/ Poking

Roll the putty into a snake, making sure it’s not

 too thin and both sides are even.

Place the snake on the table and any of the below

exercises can be completed: 

 

A)  Pinchingusing the tip of the thumb and index finger start pinching the putty at the