Raising the American Weakling

There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength. BY TOM VANDERBILT When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak. More specifically, their grip strengths, recorded via a hand-held dynamometer, were “not anywhere...

7 Hand Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

Painful hands Arthritis wears away at the cartilage of a joint, which is the cushioning material between bones. This can cause inflammation and irritation of the synovial lining, which produces the synovial fluid that helps protect and lubricate the joint. When arthritis affects the joints of...