Does your job have you on the computer all day long so that you are using the same hand muscles to maneuver your mouse? 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. These symptoms can include cracking and grinding noises, numbness, tingling sensations, and stiffness in the 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 this condition, try 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. Massage this onto your hands, fingers and forearms throughout the day, whenever you start to feel the symptoms described above.

It would be too messy to use ice massage at work, but at home you can use it for repetitive strain conditions as well as for back strain. If you sit all day at work on the computer you can use ice massage to help your muscles feel better. You can probably massage your lower back yourself but you may need to get someone else to help when you have sore muscles in your 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 the ice over your sore areas in circular movements.

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August 2020