You can reduce the burden on your fingers and wrists with a little ingenuity, such as diet, exercise, and how to use tools. This time, we learned the ingenuity of life that Dr. Ryosuke Ikeguchi, a specialist in “hand surgery”, teaches patients. Let’s practice together with the massage and finger exercises introduced so far.
Table of contents
- Eight lifestyle habits that reduce the burden on your fingers
- The person who taught me was Mr. Ryosuke Ikeguchi.
- Held on Monday, January 23, 2023! “Finger Pain Relief and Hand Beauty” Online Course
- Finger numbness, pain, deformity countermeasure special feature
Eight lifestyle habits that reduce the burden on your fingers
How to read icons
The icon letters at the end of the description of each lifestyle indicate which of the hand troubles, Heberden’s nodules, Bouchard’s nodules, and carpal tunnel syndrome, which are common among women in their 50s and older, are particularly effective. increase. See the first article for the characteristics of each disease .
<He>: Heberden’s node
<Bu>: Bouchard’s node
<Hand>: Carpal tunnel syndrome
[Habit to reduce the burden on fingers 1] Actively take soy products
Soybeans have a similar effect to female hormones, so try to take tofu and natto. There is also a report that an ingredient called equol derived from soybeans is effective for mild pain. Supplements are also commercially available.
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[Habit to reduce the burden on fingers 2] Do housework with the power of the entire palm, not just the fingertips
Wring out a towel, use a kitchen knife, open a plastic bottle cap. “At times like this, the trick is to use the entire palm of your hand so that your fingertips don’t get stressed,” says Ikeguchi. <F> <B> <Hand>
[Habit 3 to reduce the burden on your fingers] Keep your fingers cool
Cold weather aggravates the symptoms. “Warm up your fingers in a bath, etc. If blood flow improves, the effects of finger exercises will increase,” says Ikeguchi. Don’t forget to wear gloves when you go out. <F> <B> <Hand>
[Habit to reduce the burden on fingers 4] Fix painful areas with taping
Tap the painful finger to stabilize and protect the joint. It also relieves pain. There is also commercially available finger tape. It’s OK to use an ordinary bandage. <F> <B>
[Habit 5 to reduce the burden on your fingers] Exercise regularly
Don’t forget moderate exercise such as walking. “The blood flow in the whole body, including the hands, will improve, and the swelling in the hands and fingers will improve,” says Ikeguchi. <F> <B> <Hand>
[Habit 6 to reduce the burden on your fingers] Hold a folded towel when using a computer
Operating a computer with a bent wrist puts a lot of strain on the carpal tunnel. Try to keep your wrists straight by laying a folded towel in front of the keyboard. <hand>
[Habit 7 to reduce the burden on your fingers] Use a thicker grip when using a pen
The thicker the grip (handle) of the writing instrument, the less the burden on the fingertips. You can also wrap a cloth or thin sponge around the pen, or use a commercially available self-help tool for gripping. <F> <B>
[Habit 8 to reduce the burden on your fingers] Protect your wrist with a supporter
Fix your wrist with a supporter to lighten the burden. “Please choose something that is not too tight. It is good to wear it not only during the day but also at night when you sleep.” (Mr. Ikeguchi) <Hands>
Even if you take measures for hand troubles that you can do yourself, if the symptoms do not improve, do not hesitate to see a doctor. In the final episode, we will introduce the guideline for consultation and treatment at the hospital .
The person who taught me was Mr. Ryosuke Ikeguchi.
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Kyoto University Hospital. 1993 Graduated from Kyoto University School of Medicine. he is a medical doctor. After working in orthopedic surgery at Shizuoka Prefectural General Hospital, he assumed his current position in 2014. He is a certified specialist of the Japanese Society of Hand Surgery. Co-authored “Pain, Numbness, Swelling, and Deformation of Fingers, Get Better on Your Own!” The latest 1-minute gymnastics completeness taught by a good doctor” (published by Bunkyosha).
Interview and text by Setsuko Sada Illustration by Ayako Kouzen Composition by Emi Oya (Halmek Editorial Department)
*This article has been re-edited and published from the December 2021 issue of the magazine “Halmek”.
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