A modern health hazard

Many occupations are a health hazard to our hands creating pain and strain. So here are some self help exercises to ease (and prevent!) repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

Massage therapists, secretaries, carers, chefs, hairdressers, piano players, IT professionals…you name it, are required to perform repetitive activities, putting strain on our hands and wrists. Over time, these repetitive actions can result in shooting pains, numbness, and a ‘pins and needles’ sensation in the hand, which often can become unbearable, especially at night.

Flows For Life Self Help Repetitive Strain Injuries

It is very important to give the hands a break if possible, and to keep the energy moving through the arms, wrists and fingers.

Aromatherapy oil blends can help too

When my hands act up, I also make a blend of Aloe Vera gel and Lavender essential oil (Lavandula Angustifolia). If you can purchase essential oils from a reputable source, then Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) is a good helper as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. These two oils are very safe, so unless you have a skin condition, mix a tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel with 10 drops of the essential oil and massage into the hands, wrists and arms up to the elbows. If you do have any skin issues, then do a skin test first! I know someone who is not able to put Aloe Vera on her skin, for instance, but can use Almond Oil as a base.

Keep the energy moving!

Here are a couple of self help exercises that I have found very useful over the years to ease strain, pain and RSI in the hands and wrists:

For the right arm/hand (reverse for the left side)
Step 1 (see image)
Put your left hand over your right shoulder
Put your right fingers on the base of the right thumb (palm side)
Hold for a few minutes, then

self help exercises for repetitive strain injury rsi

Step 2
Left hand stays over right shoulder
With the right thumb, make a circle with the right index finger
Place your right thumb over the right index finger nail (as shown in the image)

After a few minutes, do the same with the thumb and middle finger, then the ring finger, then the little finger.

Do each step for a few minutes.

If you can, do the left side as well by putting your right hand over your left shoulder while doing the finger positions with your left hand.

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