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19 thoughts on “Finger Independence Exercise

  1. Anton-Michael England November 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Why does the tip of the ring finger lose strength when contracted while the other fingers are extended?

  2. When I do this exercise lifting my ring finger and little finger at the same time, my brain seems to lose conrol of all the muscles in my whole hand. Now I see why learning to walk takes time 🙂
    Thank you, I will do this every day!

  3. Maddie, you should do it as often as it's comfortable for you.  If you begin to have pain, you're doing it too much.  When I was young, I would do this exercise several times a day.  

  4. Bingo! That is correct! Check the video description – I added a link to the webpage that shows the technical version of the exercise.

  5. Mary Beth Dietrick November 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks! I thought maybe I had a really serious problem with the ring finger on my right hand. Encouraging to see that others have the same problem.

  6. no problem, thanks for the upload. i am also trying to build finger control/independence. if you have any other suggestions/tips for gaining the finger strength needed for this, i would appreciate the help.


  7. The ring finger shares a tendon with the middle finger and pinky. This causes it to be the weakest finger on the hand. If you keep doing this exercise, it will gain some flexibility, but will never be as strong as the rest of the fingers.

  8. epicsauseforthewin November 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    is it normal if you're pinky and ring fingers joints lock up when you push up or down i'm wondering if i hurt them or are they just weak

  9. The ring finger is the weakest finger on the hand. It shares a tendon with the fingers on either side. It takes a LONG time to develop independence with that finger. Hang in there, and keep practicing.

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