At the bottom of this narrative is a link to a short video that shows a finger stretch. I tried it and it does loosen up the joints, which tells me that it is stretching the fascia. Without fascia we would fall to pieces, but with our fascia too tight and binding - we do not move as much as we should.
Often we do the same activities everyday with our hands.
Our hands and wrists are so versatile and can move in so many directions. This is great.
However, the fascia develops patterns of movement, just like we develop patterns of movement in our lives. If you do not think so, try brushing your teeth with your "other" hand. When I brush my teeth with my left hand it is as if the toothbrush no longer fits my mouth. My left hand/wrist does not have the "bend-i-ness" (flexibility) to make the angle as well as my right hand that practices this action every day.
Over time I believe our hands not only adapt the fascial shape and even "grow" the fascia to better accommodate whatever our use patterns are.
This is great also.
It is designed, I think, so we can perform tasks with our hands more efficiently as we continue to practice certain repeated tasks. But then if we ask our hands to break out of those use patterns and do something different - our hands (and their fascia) complain. Over the past 10 years or so my hands have exhibited some swelling after a "different" use.
This complaining in my finger joints has become especially noticeable since I saw past that 45th birthday.
Some would say that is just old Arthur Itis.....yeah, that old guy. Haha.
And it may well be, but I am not giving in to Arthur.
Keep stretching and wiggling. I am.
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