Massaging Palms to Improve
The muscle mass on the pinky side of
your hand is responsible for pulling that side of your hand up into an
arch. Try cupping your hand like you are going to hold water in it and
watch that muscle mass bunch up, giving the skin a puckered
appearance. Weight-bearing on your palms as an infant helped develop
that muscle mass. Some children who didn't spend a lot of time on their
open palms (and even some who did) need some help developing that
muscle. Often, children with Down's Syndrome have underdeveloped palmar
arches. By massaging the muscle there, you can actually encourage it to
develop. Here's how:
Place your thumb right in the middle of your opposite hand's palm.
Now squeeze the palm pretty tightly and slide your thumb towards the
pinky side of the hand, aiming for just about half-way down your palm.
Mary Benbow, OTR, tells kids who need to do this to "do it anytime
you're standing around waiting and you think of it." You can't really
overdo it. Try it now about 15 times and then see if you can see a
difference in the puckering of the skin on that side of your hand as
the muscles pull your hand into a cup.