A friendly squeeze …

Squeeze balls

This little guy is about 4 inches tall and he’s made of rubber. He sat on my husbands desk for years and I remember how Dick would squeeze the dickens out of him to exercise his hands.  When Dick passed away in 1990 I put the little guy on my desk and he’s remained there ever since. I’ve loved having him near me because he’s a sweet reminder of many happy times but I’ve rarely put him to use as Dick did.

Well, times have changed.  Not only have I developed painful arthritis in both hands but I find that I have nowhere near the strength that I used to have.  I decided to try the squeezing exercises and I’m happy to say that it  really seems to ease the pain although my little pal does not seem overjoyed to be, once again, the recipient of all that squeezing !

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Here‘s what I do 3 times a day. I squeeze him as hard as I can for at least 5 seconds. Then I relax for a second or two. I repeat this process nine more times. I then switch to my other hand and do the same 10 repetitions there.

I can’t say that it helps the looks of my arthritic hands but it does help to keep the pain at bay and for that I am grateful.

I seem to remember that my little guy was a giveaway from a medical firm back in the ‘80s so it would be hard to replicate him but just click here: exercise squeeze balls, and you’ll be on your way to easing that pesky arthritic pain.

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