Office work does no favors for your fingers
If you spend all day typing and clicking, it is worth considering what is happening to your hands. Every tap represents a micro-trauma that threatens the integrity of the joints in your hand. No wonder so many office workers experience carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by the compression of a major nerve in the wrist. Office workers are also at risk for early-onset arthritis. Even ergonomics and proper posture can’t prevent all the damage that is accruing in the small joints and tissues of your fingers and hands. Instead, you have to be proactive about your hand health. Here’s how.
Natural pain relief for your hands
Whenever your hands or fingers start to feel stiff, pay attention to them! Ignoring pain and stiffness signals is the worst thing you can do because it allows the problem to compound. Here are some simple stretches for your fingers, to be performed whenever you feel like it:
- Finger taps: hold your hand open with fingers straight. Take turns tapping each finger down to the thumb.
- Wrist stretch: use one hand to pull the fingers of the other hand back until you feel a gentle stretch in the wrist area.
- Open and close fingers: start with your hand open and fingers straight but touching. Then spread your fingers out so that they are as far apart as is comfortable. Return and repeat.
- Fist/release: simply alternate between a fist and open hand slowly.
Hand health in Homewood
Life is difficult with unhealthy hands. The pain of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome may not be totally avoidable but there are steps you can take to mitigate the severity of these serious conditions. At Greenway Plaza Chiropractic, we are Houston’s hand health resource and we want to help your hands feel better today. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help.