Finger Pain? Here's How to Help
By Brandi Goodman
Pain can creep up anywhere. That includes your fingers. It's especially common for those who work with their hands regularly. From computer techs to construction workers, anyone who uses their hands repetitively to do their work is likely to experience discomfort in these joints. When you're experiencing finger pain, be sure to give these tips a try to relieve some of the aches.
Try Finger Stretches
It's important to stretch out any joints within your body. Your fingers are no exception. Try some simple finger stretches anytime you're feeling discomfort so you can loosen up the joints and keep your hands working well. Touch your thumb to your pinky. Touch it to your ring finger. Touch it to your middle finger. Repeat this process until your thumb has touched all four other fingers on your hand. You can then repeat each step again, backward or forwards. Another simple option is to make a tight fist, holding for 30 seconds. When you release it, spread your fingers as wide as you can.
Get a Hand Massage
Massages aren't just for your back. You can get your hands massaged as well so your wrists and fingers are kept free from tension and aches. You can use one hand to massage the other if you're able or find a massage therapist who can offer a more professional approach.
Wear a Finger Splint
Perhaps you have one finger, in particular, that's causing you pain. You can wear a finger splint to help keep it stable and straight as you still get use out of the rest of them. It can give any inflammation time to calm down and lessen the pain you're experiencing after a few days or weeks.
Sometimes, the cold is the culprit. Joints can become stiff and sore when cold weather hits. Use heat to combat this. Rub your hand to warm them up, or run them under warm water. Taking a hot shower is good for loosening joints as well, including the ones in your fingers. If you're on the go and need something, try a hand warmer or heat pack.
Chronic pain in your fingers or hands can make it difficult to do your work. It's important to stretch out your fingers daily and do your best to keep them healthy so they can operate to the best of their abilities. If pain persists, it may be wise to visit The Joint Chiropractic at one of their more than 500 locations for an assessment.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.