Repetitive motion injuries, blunt force trauma and lacerations are the most common traumatic injuries to the hand. In the design of the hand, form follows function, so injuries carry potential long-term effects if not treated immediately.
In addition to medical attention for hand trauma, keeping the rest of the body healthy and happy, especially arms and shoulders, is very beneficial. Myofascial Release Therapy works as a natural medicine upon hand pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This condition is different yet presents similar symptoms that include inflammation, reduced mobility, weakness, numbness and pain. These symptoms can be treated using similar therapies; however, the conditions require medical care.
Water is a friend to these inflammatory conditions due to the soothing, cooling, buoyant nature of water. Soaking, bathing, swimming, floating or simply applying a warm, wet compress on the hands is a welcomed treatment to sore fingers and hands.
Myofascial Release Therapy massaging the surrounding zones will ease the symptoms of these inflammatory conditions. Using massage balls in the thoracic outlet, upper arms, underarms and trapezius muscles improves circulation to the hands as well as gives therapeutic relief to tired and sore muscles and tissues.
Carpal Tunnel: The compressed nerve in the wrist can bring symptoms to the hands and fingers, such as numbness, tingling and/or weakness. Treatment varies from fairly non-invasive measures, such as pain management and anti-inflammatory injections to surgery.
Splinting provides considerable relief for the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel, and does not weaken muscles. Water therapies are effective in relieving symptoms, as well as pain remedies. Grounding helps everything, so if you aren’t regularly grounding, you’re in for a great surprise! And, if you already use grounding, then good for you! It’s good for all of us, no matter what.
At Southwest Physical Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy will certainly help you get relief from hand pain.