Activities for Forearm Supination

Doctor stretching a young man arm

Forearm supination involves the rotation of the wrist, forearm and palm into an upward position, according to The Physiotherapy Site. Spination is needed to perform a variety of everyday tasks including opening doors, turning knobs and using hand tools. Activities for forearm supination can be used during recuperation from strokes or injuries or to improve everyday functioning. Check with your doctor first.


Activities for forearm supination can benefit all age groups by keeping the area healthy, strong and flexible or by helping the forearm area recuperate after recent surgery, injury or stroke. Keyboard users, or those experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, can lessen symptoms and pressure put upon the carpal tunnel by using such activities, according to Vista Lab Technologies.

Turning Pages

Use books in an activity for forearm supination, according to the Children's Hemiplegic and Stroke Association. Open a book and place your affected-side hand onto the book page. Use a sweeping motion to turn the page in an exaggerated manner that causes your wrist and palm to face upward as the page turns. Use this movement to turn five pages. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times.

Hidden Objects

Playing a game known as “which hand?” can be an activity for forearm supination. Have your opponent close her eyes and turn away as you place a small object into your right hand. Close both of your fists, with the palms facing toward the floor, according to Children's Hemiplegic and Stroke Association. Ask your opponent to open her eyes and turn facing you. Ask her to point at the hand that she thinks contains the object. Turn your wrist on the chosen hand, turning your palms toward the ceiling. Open your fist. Repeat this activity five times.

Get The Scoop

Scooping activities can be done either with water or sand, according to the Children's Hemiplegic and Stroke Association. Use two buckets and a cup for this activity. Depending upon whether you are in shallow water or sand, place the cup into your affected-side hand. Place the bucket on the surface alongside your affected side. Scoop up water or dirt and fill the cup, turning the wrist and forearm toward you while performing the scooping movement. When the cup is filled, empty it into the bucket while turning your wrist and palm upward and over into the bucket. Repeat this activity five times, or until the bucket is filled.

Building Sandcastles

Building sandcastles can be a fun forearm supination activity. Wet sand is needed for this activity. Scoop up the sand and instead of pouring the sand into the bucket, turn the cup upside down, putting it into a desired location. Turn your wrist and forearm as you empty the cup and lift it back up. Repeat this process until you have built a sandcastle.