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Place your hand onto your forehead and hold.
Place the palm of your hand over our ear. Your fingers should rest round the back of your head.
Turn your head towards your affected arm and pretend to be smoking a cigarette upside down.
Circle your hand above your head as if circling a lasso.
Crawl to the pits
Steadily walk your hands up to your arm pits. Once you have reached as far as you can, gently side flex each way.
Imagine a glass of water on the plate you are holding and take it through the motion shown in the pictures without spilling the water.
Dry the back
Use a towel and pretend to dry your back. The affected side should be the top arm in the diagram.
Make a circle with your thumb and index finger. Rotate your hands backwards and look through the circles made.
When to call for advice?
If you have problems following your exercises, contact the hand therapy team on
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