I know my hands got tired last year.
…And I know exactly where it came from… It wasn’t the hundreds of hours I spent working as a massage therapist. Kayaking didn’t hurt my hands a bit. Even gardening was a relatively gentle experience when I used gloves.
It was all the high fives at the Bronco games. The team scored over 600 points, and I am certain there was a high five for each point. Ouch!
The hands are crazy networks of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. All this traffic in such a confined space is worse than the mousetrap* was back in the day. This highway travels all the way up the forearm to your elbow.
When I was working on a computer all day, my forearms used to burn. With massage school during the weekend, the burn was a napalm like fire. My friends assured me it was because of massage. And then I went to Thailand. I was off of a computer for a month and did ten times as many massages, and the pain amazingly disappeared. There is something to be said about the repeated motion of fingers on a keyboard. It’s just not natural.
Fortunately, forearms, hands and elbows are fairly straight forward. Flexors and extensors of the fingers make up a large section of forearm muscle. By working your own forearms, you can relieve some stress on your hands.
Taking care of your hands and forearms will assure your mobility stays healthy, you have a natural range of motion, and it may even keep your fingers from getting cold!
Or, come see me 🙂 Your friendly neighborhood massage therapist is always ready to help.
*Old Denver highway reference