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Can anyone recommend any hand exercises to strengthen our working hand?

Sometimes I wish I felt I had a little more power in my hand/fingers to pull the calc. from under those gums. If anyone can recommend any hand exercises for strengthening the muscles in your hand specially those pulling muscles I would appreciate it. PS. Of coarse I use the cavitron when ever I can.



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One of those stress balls is good to squeeze to help strengthen hand muscles. Remember to stretch your fingers too during the day to elongate the muscles/tendons so you don’t get cramps. Try to use more rocking wrist movements when instrumenting, therefore using larger muscle groups for more power, to remove calculus. Then your fingers will not fatigue. Oh yes, and use that ultrasonic/piezo to it’s full access! Hope this helps – still practicing (only part-time now) after 37 years.

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Stress ball is great. You can also use a lighter weight, like 3# to do wrist flex to strengthen wrists.

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I also suggest getting a good fulcrum. I use a 2×2 to rest on tooth cusp and give me a non slip surface. Works every time !!

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I asked a PT friend of mine, he suggested AM and pm stretching is even more critical than strengthening…here’s how…
1.extend arm in front of you palm facing upward toward ceiling fingers extended
2.with other hand hold finger tips of extended hand and gently pull down towards the floor to 6 o clock (Picture a clock )stretching the wrist back , you will feel the wrist and inside of forearm stretch/
3. gently pull fingertips toward 7 o’clock to complete the stretch
4. repeat with other arm/wrist

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I agree with 100% toothkare. I have been using a stress ball as well and my hands have really strengthen since hygiene school.

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Stress ball helps…or any resistance hand strengthener…aftera few years you’ll have a death grip 😀

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Check out the company Trigger Point Performance. They have great options for hands, arms and wrists.

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Addaday.com is great also.

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