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June 29, 2010

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jj

lately ive been havin pain in my hands and fingers. the doctor gave me two braces to wear but the pain is so bad that i cant type and i stop working to rub my hands. help?

Kathryn Merrow - The Pain Relief Coach

Hi JJ,

Thanks for writing and I'm sorry to hear of your pain.

It's not just in your fingers and hands--they just have the symptoms. You have to rub your lower arms too. Rub or massage all the way to your elbows, all the way around. If you find tender areas, especially massage them. You can keep coming back to the tender areas after you give yourself a break.

It could be there are other causes for your symptoms but that's a good start.

Also, pull your mouse closer to your body (if you use one.) Let your elbows be directly below your shoulders when you type.

Elbows in a 90 degree or right angle close to your waist. Wrists straight.

It's the stretching that can really aggravate arm, finger and hand muscles and cause pain.

Rearrange your work station to fit you better. For me, it works to have my keyboard on my lap. Do what works best for you. It's your body and you must do whatever it takes to get rid of your hand and wrist pain naturally.

I hope this helps. My thoughts are with you.

Kathryn

P.S. Please take your time here to look around. Especially look at the Categories for "Causes for Carpal Tunnel" and "Self-Help."

Vanessa Leonard

hi I was wondering if there is a way to get rid of the pain in my hands and wrist. i always have to stop what am doing and rub my hands and wrists everyday, especially when am donig my homework. Is there a way to get rid of the pain,please give me some pointers or something that would actually help with the pain. I went to the hospital, but the doctors could not find anything on why I have these pains in my hands and wrist. Please, am just looking for answer on why I have pain everyday.

Kathryn

Hi Vanessa,

When the doctors cannot find a reason for the pain in your hands and wrists that is GOOD NEWS!

The reason it is good news is because that almost always means the cause of your pain is muscles. And muscles can be treated. :)

I'm betting that the muscles in your lower arms are a big part of the cause of your pain. Sometimes it also comes from the muscles on the sides of your neck. Do you think you have a 'forward head' posture? Do you hunch over? If so, it can be those neck muscles.

There is an excellent do it yourself video program where you can learn how to massage your own lower arms at http://CarpalTunnelPainStoppers.com It's worth checking just for all of the information and the demo video.

My next suggestion is to make sure you are sitting in a good, neutral position when you work at a table. Make sure it fits you so you don't have to scrunch over.

And there are lots of articles about how you can get a strong back at http://SimpleStrengthening.com

Having a strong back and neck will help you have less pain in your hands.

If you examine your lower arms by rubbing and pressing into the muscles, you will find tender areas. Those tender areas are probably the cause of the pain in your hands and wrists. If you press into them, pinch them or massage them they can start to relax and then you will feel better.

I hope this helps.

Kathryn
The Pain Relief Coach

lakme

The reason it is good news is because that almost always means the cause of your pain is muscles.

Kathryn

Hi Lakme,

Yes, when we have pain it almost always is caused by muscles. That's good news because it means that carpal tunnel pain can be treated naturally.

Thank you for your comment!

Kathryn
The Pain Relief Coach

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