My reflexology colleague, Bill Flocco, of the American Academy of Reflexology in California, has compiled a list of interesting facts about hands (more to come.) Let’s see how many of them do you know.
- A quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your two hands.
- Your hand is built in 3 sections: fingers are called phalanges, long bones in the middle of your hand are called metacarpals, and the wrist bones are called carpals.
- Your hand contains 27 major and minor bones in each hand.
- There are 14 phalanges in the thumb and fingers.
- The thumb has two bones.
- Each of the other four fingers in each hand has 3 bones (phalanges); The distal phalanges (distal meaning further away from the body); the middle, a.k.a. medial phalanges; and the proximal phalanges (proximal meaning closest to the body).
- There are 5 long bones, metatarsals, in each hand, that connect the fingers to the wrist.
- There are 8 wrist bones (carpals).
- Your hands may also have numerous tiny sesamoid bones—which differ in number from person to person and appear in the hand’s tendons.
- Each hand contains 29 major joints.
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