Regain Hand Use & Reduce Pain with Your Chiropractor’s Help
Sometimes problems start slowly and we tend to shrug them off. Stiff, sore hands with small painful twinges can come and go and slow us down as we fix breakfast and get ready for the day.
But if the issue becomes constant, threatening normal functioning with an ongoing current of pain, see your doctor or your chiropractor soon and start working on solutions. The sooner a diagnosis is made the better.
I have had a number of older relatives who dealt with arthritic pain in their hands. They managed to continue functioning with treatment, exercises and regular movement. Also, many times they found special tools or equipment to help them accomplish small household tasks with less effort. Through sheer determination, and good resources they took back their lives and kept right on going.
Harvard Health suggests exercises like these to restore hand mobility and reduce pain. If there is numbness or pain during the exercise, stop and see your doctor. They suggest doing these exercises four times a day, moving gently until a stretch is felt, but without pain. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds between each one.
Wrist extensor stretch: Hold one hand at chest level, elbow bent. Use other hand to grasp the thumb side of hand and bend wrist downward. To increase the stretch, bend wrist toward little finger. Repeat with a straight arm. Switch hands, repeat.
Wrist flexor stretch: Hold hand at chest level with elbow bent. Grasp fingers with other hand and pull hand gently back. Repeat with a straight arm. Switch hand and repeat. Hold for 10 seconds with 10 repetitions and do once or twice a day.
Seeing Your Chiropractor
If you are having pain and loss of mobility in your hands, get a diagnosis now. In an initial visit to the chiropractor, a spinal adjustment will be done to evaluate spinal health and help to relieve pain. The chiropractor will review a medical history and current activities, and then discuss the current situation, asking when pain and loss of function started and how quickly it has progressed. Throughout the course of treatment the chiropractor will seek to relieve pain and improve mobility without medication or surgery.
Having seen many cases of hand pain with arthritis and other limitations, the chiropractor will be able to set up a customized program of treatment and rehabilitation. The relief of regaining movement and experiencing less pain may take several visits, and ongoing exercises and treatment, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
Make an appointment today and find out more.