Raise Your Hand If It Hurts Right Now
By Sandy Schroeder
Your hands really may be in motion most of the time. Every morning as you brush your teeth, drink your coffee and button up your shirt, your hands are on call. Later, at work, they may flick across screens and fly over a keyboard moving deadlines forward. Then after a long day, you might drive home and head for the kitchen to chop vegetables for a salad and put burgers on the grill. During the evening you may do more screen time, or household tasks, putting your hands to work again.
This all works until your hands and wrists become tight and painful. Then everything slows way down. Now simple tasks become major, and every day becomes a challenge.
At that point, your chiropractor can be a valuable addition to your healthcare team. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you provides a wellness center staffed with experienced healthcare professionals who are ready to help.
When you come in, your chiropractor will want to hear about your pain, and review your normal activities, along with your medical history. Working with you and your doctor, your chiropractor can provide ongoing treatment seeking to help you regain your normal routines.
As you move ahead, exercises such as these from the Harvard medical community can boost range of motion and strengthen hand muscles. They can be especially helpful for pain resulting from computer work.
Exercise gently and slowly, with your doctor’s approval. Stop and see your healthcare team if there is pain or numbness.
Stretch Wrist – Put one hand in front of the chest. Use the other hand to guide the hand and wrist downward. Hold 15 to 30 seconds. Switch sides.
Flex Wrist – Put one hand in front of chest. Use other hand to grip fingers and gently pull hand back. Repeat on other side.
I worked with a friend who struggled with hand and wrist pain. She was a dedicated staffer who often worked for long stretches. When all of those hours, without many breaks, caught up with her, she turned to her local chiropractor to find pain relief. Together everything worked out. While she moved through the process, she also improved her posture and upgraded her workplace.
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more. The Joint makes everything easy. No appointments are needed. Walk-in visits are welcome. No insurance is needed. An affordable care program is provided. Convenient weekend and evening hours are available.