In my last post I shared an email from a client who had severe arm, hand and wrist pain. Here’s a video with the techniques I taught her. Rather than stretching those muscles or digging in to attempt to relax them with trigger point therapy or passive release, try this method and see how it works.
Tight, frozen muscles learn to stay tight through repetitive actions that involve the muscles of the forearms, hands and fingers. This creates an involuntary pattern of contraction. The most effective, long term solution to this is through pandiculation of the muscles: contracting them first, followed by a slow lengthening and a complete relaxation. This re-educates the muscles to release.
It’s also important to address the muscles of the center of the body that contribute to tight forearms. Remember that the body works as a whole cooperative system, not as a separate series of interchangeable parts. Pay attention to the way in which you sit when you’re at the computer. Slumping to one side, or tightening one shoulder is a pattern that can contribute to arm, hand and wrist pain. Relax the big muscles in the center of the body, and the periphery (the arms, hands, legs and feet) will more easily relax.