I am currently working on a temporary job and I am on the computer all day using the same muscles in my mouse hand. It seems that the human body is not designed to repeat the same movements over and over. When we do work with repeated movements, we can develop repetitive strain syndrome. The symptoms I developed include cracking and grinding noises, numbness, tingling sensations, and stiffness in my fingers, knuckles, hand, wrist and forearm. These symptoms mainly develop in people who use their hands and wrists for long periods of time like pianists, string players, painters, carpenters and computer whiz kids.

To treat my condition, I am using ice massage (more about that later) as well as aromatherapy essential oil massage. My massage formula is 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid shea butter oil. I massage this onto my hands, fingers and forearms throughout the day, whenever I start to feel the symptoms described above.

It would be too messy to use ice massage at work, but at home I use it forĀ  my repetitive strain condition as well as for my back. I sit all day as I work on the computer and I need the ice massage often to help my muscles feel better. I can massage my lower back myself but I get my husband to help me when I have sore muscles in my upper back and shoulders. To make the ice you need, fill several styrofoam cups with water and freeze, then cut the cup down so that the ice protrudes. Massage over your sore areas in circular movements.


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