14 thoughts on “Hand Exercise Putty

  1. How do you remove therapeutic putty from a fleece top?
    I fell asleep doing my hand exercises (bad idea to do this lying down) and the putty got onto my favorite Patagonia fleece pullover. If you rub the putty, it just gets softer and works further into the fabric. I haven’t tried freezing it yet (as you can do w/ chewing gum or candle wax) because the freezer is too full! Suggestions appreciated!

  2. What are some ways to deal with adult adhd without taking medication?
    Methods to improve listening skills, short-term memory retainment, concentration, stopping fidgeting, slowing down when working too fast on a project, etc?

    Is there a way to do this without taking medication? Maybe some kind of self-treatment or mental exercises that can be done at home?

    • I have ADHD combined so I have all the fun symptoms to deal with. I do take medication, and a high dose at that. I’m tall and have a crazy metabolism so I tear anything apart I stick in my stomach. But when it wears off and I still need to retain that focus through the night, I find that silly putty actually works wonders for me. I am an incessant nail biter otherwise. I fidget all the time too, sometimes even while on meds. The silly putty acts as a nice way to keep my hands occupied allowing me to think and pay attention. Also, coffee helps a great deal. Not nearly as focused on the problem as the stimulant medications are, but you do get a good few hours in of solid focus ability. Also, as someone else mentioned, exercise helps a great deal as it relieves some of that inner restlessness and energy you have built up inside. if I’m sitting at my desk and find myself starting to drift or wander, I’ll get up and do a quick set of pushups, then get back to the desk. It actually does help for a short while too.

      So I find there are different ways to cope with the symptoms and to jump start you brain if you feel medication is not for you. I’m actually considering not taking the medication on certain days of the week for my architecture classes since I find it narrows my mind when I need to have that spontaneous ADHD mind for creativity. It doesn’t kill the creativity as I know some people worry about with the medications, but I noticed it does tend to cause me to hyperfocus on mundane details of a project where I really shouldn’t be spending so much time.

      Good luck!

  3. What exercise can a child do to improve hand strength?
    For a child that doesn’t have hand strength to color, or write, what would be a good exercise for them to do?
    This is for Pre-K 3-5 year old age group.

    • Spread out one sheet of a newspaper. Tell the child to make a ball out of it. Repeat. Wash their hands afterwards.

      Shop for a Nurf or softer foam or rubber balls of different sizes and firmnesses. Have the child squeeze them for 15 seconds, rest then repeat. Play catch too.

      Play with sand or silly putty or cookie dough! Make things together.

      Pinch grip: Arms at sides. Hold a small book for 15 seconds. Rest, repeat. Put a pillow under so if the book slips from the child’s hand, it isn’t damaged.

      Find a ball about the size of a hard ball. Drill a hole through it and run a short rope through it. Hang a weight. Have the child pick it up and hold it. Don’t let the child hold the weight over their feet!
      (Is that too hard core?)

      Some principles:

      1. Squeezing larger objects is more effective than small objects.

      2. Do the exercises 3-5 times a week.

      3. Start with easy to-do exercises. Progressively increase the difficultly for improvement.

      4. The greater the range of movement of the exercise, the more effective it is.

      5. Be sure the thumb is being exercised too.

      If you don’t see an improvement in a month, you might have a medical issue.

  4. Does anyone know any wrist physio exercises I could use?
    I fell on it 2-3 years ago. Never visited a doctor, didn’t fully break my wrist but may have fractured or broken a small bone. Anything would be appreciated!

    • Joshua, there are lots of exercises that you can do. You can start with the use of either silly putty or play dough and squeeze that to help the hand and wrist. What is also very effective is getting a one inch dowel and tying a rope to the dowel. Make sure that it is secure. The rope should be about two or three feet long. At the end of this rope place a one pound weight and secure it. Now hold your arms out in front of you. Slowly start to curl the rope elevating the weight by using only the hand that was injured. The other hand is used to stabilize the dowel. When the weight is brought up to the top slowly unwind it again using the injured hand. This movement will significantly increase the strength of the wrists. As the weight becomes easy just add another pound onto it working up to five pounds. This will dramatically increase the strength of the hand and wrist. Another good exercise is to get a large bucket and fill it full of rice. Place your hand in as deeply as you can and start to rotate it from side to side. Also work on opening and closing your hand in there. These movements will also dramatically increase the strength and movement of the wrist.

  5. Is it possible to learn how to draw if you have dyspraxia?
    I really want information from people who didn’t know how to draw.
    I don’t mean who had bad drawings but merely needed to know techniques like perspective, shading to get good drawing because technically they know how to draw but just missing some skills. This is who they mean when anyone can learn how to draw.
    I have dyspraxia and I’m wondering if I will ever learn. It’s not just about practice, drawing doesn’t involve just putting pen to paper, it’s also processing the image in your brain and holding it in the memory long enough to put it to paper.

    • I’m not qualified to answer this authoritatively, neither have I had any experience of the kind you mention. I just hope I can be of some help, considering the fact that my niece is autistic & had difficulty in fine motor skills as well as a little motor coordination issues too.

      We trained her with clay putty to strengthen her finger muscles ; used thick pencils & pencil holders to give her a better grip in the interim ; used stencils to help her keep within the lines ; trained her to make circular motions with the pencils instead of merely left-to-right lines……
      She is now very well adjusted & can write, draw, etc. using normal tools & implements.

      Here’s a clip that you may find interesting. There are other links as well on the right side & it is an interactive forum.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=say3psC9fp0
      Here’s another article that you may want to read [altho' you are very well aware & Intelligently informed already]
      http://74.53.228.194/~praxia/index.php?page=what-is-dyspraxia

      My own suggestion is, to try to improve your muscle & coordination strength through exercises ; maybe consult & discuss with SpEd teachers, etc.
      But more importantly, why not try let your hands do the “talking” – let them free & see what they come up with. Use Colors to convey your meaning/intent/emotions. You may come up with a Unique & exclusive style, instead of “trying to stay within the lines”. Maybe if you do this long enough, your brain will also gradually comply.
      Or you could use splashes/strokes/sponge-stamping, etc. of colors & then try to Discern a shape Within that mosaic. When you find some shape or figure [eg an animal, bird, flower, tree, human profile, etc.], you can guide your hand to highlight it further & add some details ?

      I do hope you will be able to draw if you persevere & don’t give up, however frustrating it may become. Evolve your Own Technique & Style :-)

      Edit: The reason I added the 2nd link was for the references at the end – some may be useful or lead you to an advanced search.

      All the very best always .

  6. How do you know when cuttings become an addiction?
    I’ve been struggling lately with self harm :/
    Trying to stop but I can’t so I wanna know what are the signs of an addiction?
    Also anyone have any tips or alternatives I can use for stopping
    Thanks (=

  7. How likely is it that I have carpal tunnel?
    I am on the computer for a few hours most weekends (mainly at night) on the Internet at my grandma’s house. When I’m at home, I don’t usually use my computer except to type occasionally. However, I have been typing a lot on my book lately…more than usual. I’ve been typing for years. About an hour and a half ago I got a numbing feeling in a few of my fingers and when I move my wrist or fingers in certain ways it feels like a tendon in my wrist is hurting. Some of my fingers feel numb/stiff. I also text a bit, and horseback ride (I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it). Thanks for any help or information you can give.

    Also, I tried squeezing some silly putty in my hand for a bit but it didn’t really help, my fingers and palm of my hand hurt and weren’t strong enough to squeeze it. I have an iPhone, and could barely press the top button to lock it just using my right hand.

    -When I took a shower I could barely squeeze the soap bottle.

    -No symptoms in the left hand.

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