Computer use: Texting, gaming and using a mouse. Preparing meals. Hanging out laundry.Playing a musical instrument. Gardening. Sporting activities. Sewing and crafting activities. Not to mention gripping a steering wheel.
Our hands and forearms receive lot of stress every day. When we over do it we can experience pain and a lot of it. Overworked arms and hands can result in repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers and tennis elbow tendonitis and trigger finger.
And yet, when I start to massage a Clients’ hardworking hand and forearm, I often hear, “Oh! I had no idea my arms were so sore!” It’s a common surprise.
It’s time to stop ignoring your hard working body and give it a little bit of appreciation!
Oh- you have no time for that! Well it can be pretty quick and fairly easy to keep your own hands and arms in tip top shape.
Here’s my top tips!
Let’s explore the movement in the elbows, wrists and fingers. Slowly and purposefully move each joint in turn listening for any cracks or creaks. Notice if they fell stiff or sore. Is there a lot of movement or hardly any. Can you touch the tip of each finger to the tip of the thumb on the same hand. Just observe try not to judge!
2. Start at the shoulder and biceps hold your arm loose let your hand lie in your lap. Using the opposite hand, gently squeeze the meaty, fleshy areas above and below your elbow. Repeat to the other arm.
Squeeze on the inside of your arm then on the outside. Gently is the key here, don’t be jamming your thumb in there hard and causing pain. It should feel good, and if it doesn’t, back off a bit.
4. Then move to the hand, using a light pincer grip, squeeze that meaty area at the base of your thumb. Lightly squeeze up and down all those finger bones through the palm, and up each finger. When you find a good spot, stick around it for an extra minute.
5) My top tip is mindfulness
Sometimes we don’t realise we are expending 110% effort into holding the steering wheel or gripping the vegetables as we peel them. Try just easing off of the grip see how little force it takes to actually hold the golf club or dogs’ leash. You might be surprised by what you discover!
A hand massage always feels good but really nothing beats a professional job!
Luckily your local massage therapist will be able to help as guess what we do a lot of self-care due to the nature of our work.
If you have any questions around arm, wrist and hand pain we would be happy to help you.
CK Massage has online booking at www.christineknoxmassage.com or call to discuss an appointments time on 0412761994.