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Physiotherapy Exercises


Exercise booklet for { }1 Compiled by Dr chandrashekar belludi { }
Abducting the thumb to a target
Therapist's aim
To improve the ability to abduct the thumb.
Client's aim
To improve your ability to open your thumb to help pick up a cup or glass.
Therapist's instructions
Position the patient in sitting with their forearm resting in mid-pronation and wrist in
extension on a table in front of them. Position a cup near their thumb and another cup
touching their MCP joints. Instruct the patient to abduct their thumb to touch the cup.
Ensure that the MCP joints remain in contact with the other cup and the wrist remains
extended.
Client's instructions
Position yourself sitting with your hand resting vertically on a table in front of you and your
wrist bent back. Position a cup near your thumb and another cup touching your knuckles.
Practice opening your thumb to touch the cup. Ensure that you keep your knuckles in
contact with the other cup as you move your thumb.
Progressions and variations
Less advanced: 1. Decrease the distance to the cup. More advanced: 1. Increase the
distance to the cup. 2. Increase the amount of wrist extension.
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