With the quarantine forcing more people to work remotely with computers and more typing I am seeing quite a bit of dysfunction in the finger, hands and wrists. So in this blog I’m going to go over a little bit about the anatomy that is in play and what steps you can do to help improve the tightness in your fingers, wrist and forearms.
Let me start by explaining that in the hand we have intrinsic (within the hand) and extrinsic (away from the hand) muscles that move the fingers and the wrist. Each group is used simultaneously whenever we use our fingers but the extrinsic are more geared to strength and intrinsic for fine movement. So hopefully you can see how extra typing can start to cause issues for people in their hands and wrists. If we go long periods with tension in these flexors we start to run into problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve impingements. Stretching is one of the best ways to keep balance in this area. All you have to do is hold your hand up like you are holding a tray and gently bend your fingers down then do the same for the thumb. If you are having persistent problems then you may need a massage or other treatments depending on your individual situation. For a more detailed assessment come see us for a massage.
Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say. If you have any questions please reach out to me at 219-395-9928.
Sean Devine LMT