Hand Massage Therapy
Why do my hands hurt?
Our hands are perhaps the busiest part of our bodies. Almost every activity involves doing something with the hands.
With the advent of computers, most people have to spend a minimum of eight hours sitting in front of a computer typing away on a keyboard or using a mouse. This continuous typing or motion of the mouse places a lot of repetitive stress on the hands.
This can lead to pain in the hands, arms, shoulders, neck and back.
What can I do to ease the pain?
The best way to provide relief to a painful hand is by massage. Massage therapy has been an important part of traditional therapeutic sciences for centuries. Massage eases pain and removes any blockages in the flow of energy inside the body. It soothes the muscles and stimulates underlying tissue by increasing the flow of blood. Modern day medicine has slowly woken up to the benefits of massage therapy and now its popularity is steadily on the rise.
How do I give a hand massage?
A hand massage is probably the easiest of massage therapies. It can be administered with or without oil. If you have the time, then an oil massage is always preferable. Take a small quantity of oil between your hands and rub it to warm the oil.
Use form stroking movements with the palm of your hand, moving from the fingers to the wrist. This gentle stroking should be carried out on both sides of the hand.
Next, support your patient’s hand with one hand, and with the thumb of the other hand, make small circular movements on the palm. Concentrate on the areas near the thumb, and at the base of each finger. You can also make a fist and use the knuckles to knead you patient’s palm. Turn your patient’s hand over and make similar movements with your index finger.
After this hold your patient’s fingers between your thumb and forefinger, and gently massage each finger, one by one, from the base to the tip. When you reach the end of the finger, give a gentle tug to each finger. Then hold your patient’s hand between your hands, with your thumbs facing together at the back of the patient’s hand. Gently massage the entire hand by using all your fingers in an outward motion. Use the thumbs once more to massage the entire hand, concentrating on the fleshy areas bear the thumb and the heel of the hand.