Theraputty Essay

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Occupational Therapy Department Theraputty Exercises Date:_____________________ Patient’s Name:___________________________________________________ 1. FULL GRIP Squeeze putty with the fingers against the palm of the hand in a kneading motion…rolling it over and around in the hand while exerting as much pressure as possible against the resistance of the putty. 2. FINGERS ONLY Place the putty at the base if the fingers and squeeze with fingertips while keeping the palm of the hand open. After the fingers have pressed into the putty, fold over and repeat. Form putty into a barrel shape and place in palm of hand. Press thumb into the putty with as much force as possible until the thumb has pressed through to the palm. Reform and repeat. 3. THUMB PRESS Place putty in the palm of the hand and dig the fingers into the putty until they press through to the palm of the hand and form a fully clenched fist. Release the fingers, roll the putty over to reshape and repeat. 4. FINGER DIG Occupational Therapy Department Theraputty Exercises Date:_____________________ Patient’s Name:___________________________________________________ 5. FINGER EXTENSIONS Bend one finger into the palm of hand. Wrap putty over tip of finger. While holding the putty with the other hand extend finger to a fully opened position with as much forces as possible. The degree of resistance is controlled by the thickness of the putty held over the fingertip. Repeat with each finger. 6. THUMB EXTENSION Wrap putty over the tip of thumb while it is bent toward palm of hand. Hold the loose ends down and extend the thumb to an open position with as much force as possible. Control the degree of resistance by the thickness of the putty held over the thumb tip. 7. FINGER SPREAD Form putty into a thick pancake shape. Place on table top or mold over the tips of

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