Finger movement

Quick question I noticed I have quite decent finger extension when my hand is resting on something. For example, if my hand is resting on a countertop I am able to pen up all 5 of my fingers. Although not individually but enough to be able to use it. However when I try to do the same against gravity without any support I only see slight movements but not enough to use it functionally. Does anyone have something similar? And what does that mean? does that mean I have movement but my muscles are too tight/weak or is it something that is common and does not improve. Thanks

Hi @Zadeed

It’s good to hear from you!

I don’t know the answer to your question, though we do have others here who have had a stroke and gone through relearning to do things, so I hope one or two others with direct experience will speak up. If you have the opportunity to talk to a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist, I would do so.

What I understand is that what are called gross motor skills are learned separately from fine motor skills and I’m wondering if, exactly as you say, dealing with the fine motor skills associated with your fingers is a bit much when your brain is already dealing with the gross motor skills of supporting your arm. My guess is that you need to practice both activities but maybe supporting your arm while practicing the fine motor skills is what you need to do. I’d definitely get the skills of a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist to bear upon the problem. I assume a physiotherapist deals with the gross motor skills and the occupational therapist more towards the fine motor skills.

Hope these thoughts help,


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