November 14, 2008

Mr. E's Hand Exercises!

My poor hand has had a rough life! In first grade, Mrs. Winter wrote on my report card, "Ted grips his pencil too tight!" It was true then...and is true today!! You should see the big ol' callas on the inside of my middle finger! In college, I had a terrible accident in sculpture class...and the doctors thought they were going to have to amputate my thumb, index finger, and middle finger(by the Grace of God...that did not happen!!). For the past month or so, I have been having pain in my right hand & my knuckles have been locking up on me in the morning. I feared arthritis. That is not good for a person in my profession that depends on his hands! I have an amazing & trusted chiropractor that I wanted to talk to about the situation. After examining my hand, Dr. Ed felt that the problem was being caused by an over development of muscles & such in my hand in the "grasp" position. With grad school underway, I have been drawing & painting more than I have in YEARS, all the day to day activities in the art room, and a life time of gripping too tight. He felt that if I would begin doing hand exercises that the problems I've been having would subside. if you come to my school and see me with a rubber band around my right hand'll know I've been WORKIN' OUT! :)

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