When was the last time you thought specifically about your grip strength? You know, the strength of your hands?
You use grip strength to pick up your phone, feed yourself, open jars and doors, and every interaction you have with your hands in your environment.
But what should you do to build grip strength (beyond the spring-loaded squeeze contraption or rubber bands)?
Not only is grip strength used as a predictor for overall health, especially in older folks, but if you lack adequate grip strength, it can contribute to weakness (or pain) in other areas like your shoulders, core, or neck.
So if you’ve been trying to build upper body strength or have been struggling with shoulder pain that isn’t responding to anything else, then this episode is for you.
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What you’ll lean from this episode:
- All things grip strength
- How your neck and shoulder pain is related
- and why improving grip strength will help strengthen your shoulders (and the rest of your body)
- Improve Grip Strength with Hanging (AEWellness YouTube)
- Forearm and Wrist Fix with Therapy Ball Massage (AEWellness YouTube)
- Forearm stretches for elbow pain (AEWellness YouTube)
- Hand grip strength: Outcome predictor and marker of nutritional status (Clinical Nutrition)
- Quantification of the effects of instruction type, verbal encouragement, and visual feedback on static and peak handgrip strength (International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2004)
- How Forearm Position Affects Grip Strength (American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1996)
- Effect of shoulder stability exercises on hand grip strength in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome (Somatosensory & Motor Research, 2019)
- 30 days to more strength + flexibility with the Mobility Mastery Toolkit
- Movement Mavens has the tools and strategy to support you on your path to enjoying life without pain – www.aewellness.com/mavens
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This is my favorite podcast so far.
At the beginning of this year I experienced further neuropathy affecting my hands. My hand strength was gone. It was difficult to grip items, to lift things, or even carry simple things. I started buying all kinds of adaptive devices to open bottles & jars.
The tendons in my hand started experiencing problems. Dislocations became frequent. The hand doctor I was seeing was pushing for surgery- I was expecting the worst.
I came across this Body Nerd show and have started hanging a lot. I focus on the videos talked about in the podcast. The ones about connecting the shoulder stability to hand strength were eye opening!
I have a neurological condition that dictates a lot of what my body can do but with your invaluable information I have made great strides in a lot of quality of life issues.
I would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU for what you do. I am a big fan. Your passion for what you do is addictive.
I am looking forward to NOT having surgery if the improvement continues.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You are not just a Body Nerd you are a Body God.
Mark! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad you’re here and BEYOND excited to hear how the podcast has been helping.
so could this be why my hands get “annoyed” holding the steering wheel when i drive and why i stopped being able to do monkey bars and stuff?