Forty years ago, I awoke to discover that overnight, someone had replaced my fingers with sausages! I had pain and swelling in my hands. When I tried to use them, it felt as if I had elastics tightly wound around my fingers, which were then topped with thick mittens. And so it began — rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had moved into my life.
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You may not be old enough to remember the Palmolive commercial, but you must remember to soak those hands in contrast baths when they are inflamed. A contrast bath is where you alternate soaking your hands in hot water (be careful!) and cold water. The theory is that the change in temperatures will help with circulation. If you''ll find lots of them. A tennis ball will work, but the roller ball massager is much easier to hold onto. Roll it along your palm for relief. Your forearms need some TLC, too. Remember that it''re getting a massage, ask the massage therapist to spend some time working on your hands. Remember to let them know how much pressure to use. I once had a therapist gently tug downward on my fingers at about a 20- to 30-degree angle. She explained that she was creating a little bit of joint space. Whatever she was doing, it certainly felt great.
A little bit of beauty goes a long way
If your hands are affected by RA, it can be difficult to look after your fingernails. While a manicure is not really considered therapeutic, it can help you feel better when you look at your nicely done nails. That alone is worth the cost of a manicure. If your budget is stretched, perhaps you can trade manicure services with a friend.
Oh, those handshakes!
I used to dread going to meetings because of the power handshake. While, I love a firm handshake, it does not love me. The solution is to wear a splint on my right hand. It provides a visual cue to the person I''ve been experimenting with imagery to help me move more fluidly. To recover the strength in my thumb following surgery for a ruptured tendon, I see my thumb and index finger pinching together like a lobster claw. I open and close my hands and imagine a well-lubricated piston, or a flower that gradually opens and closes. Imagery techniques are not only fun to do, but they also help to make it a little easier to use my hands.
Know your limits
I usually get into trouble when I do more than my hands are capable of handling. I know what I can and can''s when I become Wonder Woman... I “wonder” what I was thinking...
Use tools and gadgets
Your hands can take a beating doing ordinary things that most people take for granted. One way I relieve my hands is to regularly use tools and gadgets. If I don't have something for a specific job, I often find for 1 last update 2020/05/28 that I can adapt the tools I already have, such as using an apple corer to make dijon-drizzled roasted potatoes. Or, using a surgical glove or a nutcracker to open a water bottle.Your hands can take a beating doing ordinary things that most people take for granted. One way I relieve my hands is to regularly use tools and gadgets. If I don't have something for a specific job, I often find that I can adapt the tools I already have, such as using an apple corer to make dijon-drizzled roasted potatoes. Or, using a surgical glove or a nutcracker to open a water bottle.