How to Treat Hand Tremors by Exercising

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A close-up of a patient holding a dumbbell with a therapist. (Image: KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images)

Hand tremors can occur for a variety of reasons. Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, multiple sclerosis, hyperthyroidism, fatigue and stress can all lead to hand tremors. Hand tremors often occur while your hand is at rest or if your hand is held in a certain position for an extended period of time. Hand tremors can be inconvenient and make performing daily tasks much more difficult. Occupational therapy or hand exercises can help your hands become more steady. Curing hand tremors largely depends on the underlying cause of your condition.

Step 1

Visit a doctor. Before beginning exercises for hand tremors, your condition should be diagnosed by your doctor. Treatment for an underlying condition may help lessen or completely stop your hand tremors. Your doctor may also prescribe occupational or physical therapy to help you cope with your hand tremors.

Step 2

Use a small rubber ball or stress ball to strengthen the hand affected by tremors. Place the ball in the palm of your hand and squeeze your fingers around it as tightly as possible. Hold this position for five seconds. Relax and repeat 10 times.

Step 3

Strengthen your hand and wrist by using a lightweight dumbbell. Use a dumbbell that's 1 to 3 pounds in weight. Position your hand and wrist -- palm side up -- over the edge of a table. Place the weight in your hand. Slowly move your wrist up and down. Complete one set of 20 repetitions.

Step 4

Participate in regular physical activity. Regular exercise can help lower stress levels, decrease your risk of disease and improve your overall health. The National Academy of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of physical activity per day, five days per week.

Step 5

Perform body-weight exercises. Complete planks and pushups to help strengthen your hands and wrists. Complete one set of 10 repetitions.

Things You'll Need

  • Small rubber ball

  • Lightweight dumbbell

Tip

Prior to beginning exercises to strengthen your wrists and alleviate tremors, loosen your wrists up. Complete wrist circles. Circle your wrists for two to three minutes.

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