Tingling fingers, sometimes accompanied by numbness, can be a sign of many different things. In some cases it may be something serious that requires medical attention, especially if it happens often. But in other cases it may be something associated with lack of blood flow from exercising or lack of movement for long periods of time. It could also be due to ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. If the tingling is not something serious, you may be able to treat it with some simple exercises. But you should consult a doctor first.
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Finger bends are easy exercises that could help relieve the tingling from conditions like arthritis, lack of blood flow or sore muscles. Hold your hand out in front of you in a "high five" style. With your fingers close together, slowly bend your fingers downward. Keep your wrist and palm straight, and only bend the fingers. Hold this position for a few seconds and then unbend your fingers into the starting position again. Repeat the exercise several times on each hand.
Fist bends are another easy exercise that should help bring blood flow back into your fingers and give you more flexibility. Hold your hand out in front of you with your fingers spread apart and pointing upward toward the ceiling. Now gently close your hand into a loose fist, with the thumb on the outside. Hold this position for a few seconds and then release back to the starting position. Repeat several more times with each hand.
Resisted Finger Flex
For this exercise you will need a table and a squeezable ball or a rolled-up sock. Sit next to a table and rest your arm on the surface with your palm facing up. With a ball in your hand, make a fist gripping the ball with all five fingers. Hold the grip for a few seconds and then release. Repeat the exercise several times. This exercise will help bring some strength and blood flow back into your fingers, hand and arm. It is a good exercise if you are recovering from a hand injury or if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
The five-finger movement exercise can also help relieve the tingling in your hands by stimulating the muscles and helping increase blood flow through motion. Sit by a table with your arm on the table. While keeping your arm and wrist flat on the surface, move your thumb and touch the tip of your pinkie finger. Then do the same with your ring finger, middle finger and index finger, respectively. Then repeat touching each tip in the reverse direction. Perform this exercise several times on both hands.
- National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Numbness and Tingling
- Better Medicine: Tingling Fingers: Causes
- Mayo Clinic; Arthritis: Hand Exercises: Bend Your Fingers; August 2011
- Mayo Clinic; Arthritis: Hand Exercises: Make A Fist; August 2011
- Women Fitness: Top 10 Wrist & Hand Workouts