Do your hands curl in unnaturally?
This is incredibly common for anyone who:
- Works with a keyboard/mouse
- Drives for long periods of time
- Makes frequent phone calls
- Does holding sports (lacrosse, tennis, golf, etc)
- Sewing/ Quilting
“Why does this happen?”
The body adapts to common activities. For deskworkers, the forward shoulder posture becomes normal. Runners get tight IT bands. Why? Because the body is adapting to those activities to make the individual more comfortable. Unfortunately, the body usually gets stuck in the tense positions.
In order to adapt to keyboard work and driving, the body:
- Brings the shoulders forward, tightening the pecs and overstretching the muscles between the shoulder blades.
- Tightens the biceps in the upper arm, bringing the elbow into a more bent position.
- Tightens the tendons and muscles in the forearm to grip or type properly.
- Repetitive motion or constant grip forces the body to tighten those muscles and tendons, to make the activity easier.
All of this tension put together can cause your hands to be bent in these odd positions. Carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, and tendonitis is also fairly common.
“What can be done to help ease my tension?”
Some Massage Therapists have training in easing symptoms in the forearms and hands.
Personal Note: I have training in easing Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Most of my clients say “the session causes some discomfort, but the symptoms being eased is well worth it.”
Here’s a stretch that I show my clients after their appointment to help their hands and forearms.