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Therapy Putty Helps Dexterity, Fine Motor Coordination, Function, and Strength in Hands

Hand exercises can be helpful for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They can increase flexibility, range of motion, dexterity, and grip strength. And some research suggests they can improve hand function.

One tool occupational therapists often use with RA patients is therapy putty. This special putty provides resistance and also can make hand exercises fun.

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In conjunction with RA medication, therapy putty exercises can reduce symptoms. “We regularly use therapy putty in our clinic,” says Roxanne Perry, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist in Armonk, New York. “It’s a great tool for people with rheumatoid arthritis to also use at home.”

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