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Explanation of the various exercises, movements and hand/arm positions

 

Palm-Up Elbow Moving
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger, wrist and elbow, and finger abductors; stretches the flexors of the finger, wrist and elbow, finger adductors, and palmar fascia. This creates equal balance and stability within the finger, wrist, and elbow joints. Palm-Up Elbow Moving is easier to perform due to the added weight and momentum of the lower arm (elbow) extending.

Palm-Up Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger and wrist, and finger abductors; stretches the flexors of the finger and wrist, finger adductors, and palmar fascia. This creates equal balance and stability within the finger and wrist joints, thus eliminating pain central to the wrist and hand area. Palm-Up Isolated is more difficult (than PUEM) as the arm remains stationary, focusing on strengthening the finger and wrist joints without the added momentum of the lower arm (elbow) extending.

Thumb-Up Elbow Moving
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger, wrist, elbow, and finger abductors; stretches the flexors of the finger, wrist, elbow, and finger adductors. Thumb-Up Elbow
Moving directly affects the extensors surrounding the lateral epicondyle (outside) of the elbow joint, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions that have formed from overuse or direct trauma.

Thumb-Up Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger and wrist, and finger abductors; stretches the flexors of the finger and wrist, ands finger adductors. Thumb-Up Isolated is used in place of TUEM if any pain is experienced while moving/extending the elbow. Utilize this exercise first in order to strengthen the extensors, thus eliminating pain when resuming Thumb-Up Elbow Moving.

Palm-Down Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger and wrist; stretches the flexors of the finger and wrist; specifically focuses on lengthening the ulnar deviators of the wrist (underside of forearm.)

Supination Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger and wrist, finger abductors, supinators of the wrist and forearm; directly strengthens the thenar eminence (backside of thumb and wrist); stretches the flexors of the finger and wrist, finger adductors, pronators of the wrist and forearm; directly stretches the thenar eminence (front side of thumb and wrist.)

Pronation Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors of the finger and wrist, finger abductors, pronators of the wrist and forearm; directly strengthens the hypo-thenar eminence (backside of little finger and wrist); stretches the flexors of the finger and wrist, finger adductors, supinators of the wrist and forearm; directly stretches the hypo-thenar eminence (front side of little finger and wrist.)

Thenar/Index Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors/abductors of the thenar eminence (thumb) and index finger; stretches the flexors/adductors of the thenar eminence and index finger.

Thenar/Hypothenar Isolated
This exercise strengthens the extensors/abductors of the thenar and hypothenar eminence (thumb and little finger); stretches the flexors/adductors of the thenar and hypothenar eminence, and palmar fascia.

Single-Finger Isolated
This exercise strengthens the finger extensors, stretches the (isolated finger) flexors and is used to break down specific adhesions and/or scar-tissue that has developed along the length of the tendon (as in Trigger-Finger.)

Five-Finger Isolated
This exercise strengthens the finger extensors, stretches the finger flexors, and is used to break down specific adhesions and/or scar-tissue that has developed along the length of the tendons (as in Trigger-Finger.)

Wrist Extension
This exercise strengthens the wrists extensors, stretches the wrists flexors, and is used for increasing the wrist’s range of motion.

Ulnar Deviation
This exercise strengthens the finger abductors, extensors of the fingers and wrist, and ulnar deviator group; stretches the finger adductors, flexors of the finger and wrist, and radial deviator group.

Radial Deviation
This exercise strengthens the finger abductors, extensors of the fingers and wrist, and radial deviator group; stretches the finger adductors, flexors of the finger and wrist, and ulnar deviator group.