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The Little-Known Trick Physical Therapists Use to Improve Hand and Wrist Strength

Physical therapists often recommend the use of baoding balls to their patients as a form of hand therapy. These small, metal balls are held in the palm of the hand and rotated back and forth, providing a gentle form of exercise for the muscles in the hand and wrist.

One of the primary reasons physical therapists like baoding balls is that they can help improve hand and wrist strength. Many people, particularly those with conditions like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, experience weakness in the muscles of their hands and wrists. By regularly using baoding balls, these muscles can be strengthened, improving overall hand function and reducing the risk of injury.

In addition to improving strength, baoding balls can also help improve hand dexterity and coordination. The act of rotating the balls back and forth requires the use of small muscles in the hand, improving their coordination and making it easier to perform activities like writing or using a computer. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty with fine motor skills.

Baoding balls are also a convenient and portable therapy tool. They can easily be taken on the go, allowing individuals to perform hand exercises while at work or while traveling. This makes it easier to incorporate hand therapy into a busy schedule.

Another benefit of baoding balls is that they are a low-impact form of therapy. Unlike other hand therapy tools that may require more forceful movements, baoding balls provide a gentle form of exercise that can be performed by individuals of all ages and fitness levels. This makes them a good option for individuals who are just starting out with hand therapy or who may have physical limitations that prevent them from performing more strenuous exercises.

Physical therapists often recommend baoding balls to their patients as a safe and effective way to improve hand and wrist strength, coordination, and dexterity. These small, portable balls can be a valuable addition to any hand therapy routine.

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Cold Hands All the Time Could Be a Disease

If your fingers and toes are constantly cold to the touch while your body is warm, it could be a sign of Raynaud’s disease. This disease affects areas of the body like your fingers where the blood vessels shrink and restrict circulation and blood flow.

During times of stress or being in cold temperatures, your fingers may become numb, have a prickly sensation, and may even change color. For people that smoke, this can exacerbate the condition as smoking constricts the blood vessels. There’s limited treatment one can do besides trying to keep the areas warm and blood circulation moving.

Fingers with low blood circulation
Low blood circulation can lead to numbness, a pale appearance, and cold fingers.

If you have cold fingers, using baoding balls could be a method to keep your fingers moving. You will discover that after using the baoding balls for several minutes, the balls will warm up from the heat generated by your exercising hands. They can also be used with cotton gloves. Many users actually like wearing gloves as it can reduce friction when rolling the balls. These exercises along with keeping the hands warm can help remedy the condition.

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Chinese Zodiac Baoding Balls

2021 is the Year of the Ox! Baoding balls are a fun way to express your zodiac animal. Do you know which zodiac animal represents yourself? The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animals that rotate on a twelve year cycle. Each animal represents characteristics of a person’s personality which is often used for matchmaking.

Dragon Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Birth Year: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Dragons are eccentric and complex. Their have a passionate personality. Strong and healthy in nature. They get along with the monkey and rat, but not the dog.

Birth Year: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
The snake is wise with an intense personality. However, they are vain with and prefer physical beauty. High tempered, they prefer roosters and oxen. The boar is not their friend.

Horse Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Birth Year: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
The horse is popular and attractive. They need people around them, but can be ostentatious and impatient. Horses match the best with a tiger or dog, but not the rat.

Goat (Sheep)
Birth Year: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
The sheep has a elegant and creative personality. They are timid and prefer anonymity. Compatible with the boar and rabbit. Least compatible with the Ox.

Birth Year: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Being a monkey means you are an intelligent and enthusiastic achiever. You have the ability to influence people, but easily discouraged and confused. Monkeys get along with dragons and rats and should avoid tigers.

Rooster Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Rooster (Chicken)
Birth Year: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
The rooster is pioneer and devoted to their work. They have a thirst for knowledge, but are eccentric and tend to be selfish. Roosters should seek snakes and the ox and avoid rabbits.

Dog Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Birth Year: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Working with a dog is pleasant as they are loyal and honest. They can be generous and also selfish and stubborn. Dogs pair with horses and tigers. They should avoid dragons.

Birth Year: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
The pig is a noble and chivalrous person. They make lifelong friends however they are susceptible to marital strife. Pigs are compatible with rabbits and the sheep. They should avoid other pigs.

Birth Year: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Rats are free spenders. Characteristically ambitious and honest, but tend not to make lasting friendships. They partner best with dragons and monkeys, and should avoid horses.

Ox Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Birth Year: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The ox has a bright and patient personality. They are inspiring to others and can be content by themselves. Ox are outstanding parents. They should marry snakes or roosters. Avoid the sheep.

Tiger Chinese zodiac baoding balls

Birth Year: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tigers are born courageous and naturally aggressive. They are candid and sensitive. They should seek out horses and dogs and stay away from monkeys.

Birth Year: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
The rabbit is considered the luckiest sign of the zodiac. A rabbit’s personality is affectionate, talented, articulate, and shy. They seek peace throughout their life. Most compatible with goat and boars. Least compatible with the rooster.

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Baoding Balls May Help You Quit Smoking

I’ve noticed several customers have purchased baoding balls as an aide to help quit smoking. They either purchased them themselves or a loving friend bought them as a gift for someone trying to quit. Several customers have successfully quit smoking and told us baoding balls helped them. While quitting smoking is hard, it does make sense baoding balls can be a tool to combat the urge to smoke.

Keep the Hands Busy

We had several people tell us they wanted something to keep their hands busy. Smokers have developed a lifetime habit of holding an object in their hands and moving it back and forth from their mouth. Like cracking your knuckles, you’re just used to doing it all the time. Baoding balls can possibly replace that habit with another so you don’t feel the need to hold a cigarette.

Distract the Mind from Cravings

While you work with baoding balls, your mind is focused on the balls. An idle mind leads to cravings, but a busy mind will be less likely to. Ever been so busy you forgot to eat lunch?

It’s Calming and Good for Stress

Another reason baoding balls can assist in quitting smoking is the calming and stress reliving effects. Nicotine withdrawal causes anxiety and stress and something to help combat those feelings can help.

There’s no cure for smoking, and maybe you have tried before to quit. While Smokefree.gov has a more complete guide on quitting, they do recommend keeping your hands busy and staying relaxed among other tips. Keep trying, have a plan, and don’t give up.

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A Gift That People Will Remember You By

We have all been there, trying to figure out what to get that someone who’s hard to shop for. They are too picky to shop for or they already have everything. Every year we buy them something and goes in the closet never to be seen again or consumed and forgotten. How about something that is unique, beautiful, and also useful? We have many people that buy baoding balls as gifts and they do make great gifts!

People Will Remember Your Gift

Do you remember what gift you received a year ago for that special occasion? Someone once told me they re-gifted a present back to the person that gave it to them by accident because the gift wasn’t memorable. It sure was an awkward situation.

Baoding Balls are an item people will want to display and keep close reminding them them of you each time. Here are some of the comments we have received from our customers about baoding balls and how they remembered them:

I received them as a gift. I liked them so much that I am buying them as gifts and a larger pair for more advanced baoding ball techniques.” – John C.

I received a gift of these from our foreign exchange student when I was young. Now I want to use them for health and relaxation.” – Samantha M.

Had a set years ago given as a gift.” – John B.

I remember my grandparents use to have a set when I were a child and I was hooked to the soothing sound.” – Keandrea R.

When I was a child I remember going to an arcade on a school trip and one of the prizes at the arcade was a pair of boading balls and I always wanted some.” – Jessica H.

My step dad had these when I was growing up. I remember them being very soothing.” – Lisa S.

My grandmother (MIMI) would get me these when i was a child and i found them online. She past away and i want something to remember her forever and always.” – Maranda K.

When my grandson was a little boy he played with my chime balls. Through the years, we have lost track of them. We were working in the yard and he mentioned them. So I surprised him with his own. Still relaxing to use.” – Mamie W.

With many more similar examples, it’s easy to see people remember seeing the uniqueness of baoding balls and the soothing effect they had.

What Makes A Good Gift?

Advice from behavioral economist Dan Ariely at Duke university said a good gift has two characteristics. First, a good gift would be something a person wouldn’t buy for themselves. We often want things, but would feel guilty about buying it for ourselves. Secondly, a good gift will keep reminding that person about your love for them.

For example, massages, chocolates, and flowers are nice but they come and go. They won’t remind them about you after they are consumed. Gifts people keep and use make you part of their lives for a long time.

Another study they did found that most people didn’t take much risks buying gifts for fear they may not like it such as giving a bottle of wine which will be consumed and forgotten. However, the same study showed people wished and preferred the other person gave them more risky gifts. It shows people you are thinking of them and tells them there is something they have never experienced before and you thought they would benefit from it. It’s a gift of something new in life they get to try out to learn if they like it or not.

Consider Baoding Balls as Your Next Gift

Baoding balls have a use for everyone. Introduce them to the exercise and give them the gift of lower stress, healthier hands, and relaxation. It’s a gift they will keep and display as a reminder of your love and thoughtfulness for them for years to come.

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