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How Can I Take Better Care of My Hands and Thumbs?

Aimee M.
Elements Whitefish Bay

"You can stretch out your hand pulling your fingers toward your wrist and push backwards as well. Also you can massage the meatier part of your palm by rubbing your palm on the corner of a hard surface like your deck or a table. And you can give your fingers a little stretch by spreading your fingers as wide as possible. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat several times."

James M.
Elements Mission Viejo Gateway Center

"I switch around using thumbs, knuckles, palms, and elbows during a massage. Between massages, I stretch my fingers and wrists as much as possible. Soaking your hands in ice water can also help a great deal, especially for people who have arthritis."

Tracey D.
Elements West Plano

"Drink water and stretch daily. Hydration of the skin comes from the inside."

David M.
Elements Medford

"I bought these nighttime wrist protectors that wrap your wrist and thumbs securely into place while you sleep. I wear them the night before I have work the next day. They seem to help so much! Biofreeze and lots and lots of heat also help with wrist and thumb pain."

Tammy C.
Elements Medford

"Take a hand towel and roll it slowly from one end to the other to decompress nerves in the wrist and release tension in them."

Lori W.
Elements North San Antonio

"My favorite thing to do is to take a nice thick body butter and put it on my hands and wrists and then dip my hands three times in paraffin. Wrap your hands in plastic wrap and put them in an oven mitt or towel to help hold in the heat. You will have to do one hand at a time if you are alone and don't have someone to help you out. Sit down and relax with your feet propped up -- don't forget the extra pillow under your knees to take the pressure off your lower back -- and let your hands absorb the lotion and the heat.

"In about 15 minutes the wax will have cooled to room temperature. Spread your fingers and it will come right off just like a glove. You'll have gotten two treatments in one -- a deep moisturizing treatment and a heat treatment. Great for arthritis or just aching hands.

"If you don't have a paraffin machine you can get heated gloves at Massage Warehouse. They also make them for your feet. This will be one of your favorite things to do for your hands (and feet). At least it is mine!"

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