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How to Stretch Tendons in the Fingers

author image Michelle Zehr
Michelle Zehr started writing professionally in 2009. She has written on health, fitness, fashion, interior design, home decorating,sports and finance for several websites. Zehr possesses a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University and a graduate certificate in health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
How to Stretch Tendons in the Fingers
Finger exercises can help loosen a tight tendon. Photo Credit: Jeremy Woodhouse/Blend Images/Getty Images

Your fingers play an important role in everyday tasks including typing, cleaning, getting yourself ready in the morning and participating in exercise. Tendons in your fingers may become tight as the result of overuse injuries, such as tendinitis, or traumatic injuries, including fracturing a finger. Tight tendons in your fingers can inhibit your ability to perform your daily routine. Fortunately, there are exercises you can perform to strengthen and increase flexibility in your finger tendons.

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Step 1

Complete a finger extension exercise. Position your hand flat on a table -- or other hard surface. Your fingers should be fully extended. Slowly use your opposite hand for assistance and lift each finger off of the table. Raise your finger as far off of the table as possible. Lower back to the starting position and move on to the next finger. Complete one set -- raising all five fingers -- of 10 repetitions.

Step 2

Perform finger spreads. Position your hand flat on a hard surface -- such as a table. Your fingers should be fully extended and touching each other. Spread your fingers apart as far as possible. Hold this position for two seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat. Complete one set of 20 repetitions.

Step 3

Crumble paper. Grab a sheet of paper and position it in the palm of your hand. Use your fingers to squeeze and crumble the paper into a ball. Relax and repeat 20 times. To save paper, straighten out the sheet of paper you used previously and reuse.

Step 4

Pick up small objects. Place a wide variety of small objects on a table. Objects can include safety pins, paper clips, marbles, pencils or coins. Use your affected fingers to pick up the objects and transfer them to the opposite side of the table. Complete this exercise for three minutes at a time.

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