Often times, our hands are given only the bare minimum when it comes to self-care. A dab of lotion now and then and that’s it. When you think of all the work your hands do, it’s no wonder they call for more to feel their best!
A study conducted by the University of Miami School of Medicine examined how massage therapy can affect the hands and related hand pain. 46 participants, all of whom complained of hand pain from various sources (such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, often times related to excessive computer use), were randomly assigned to either the massage group or the control group. The participants averaged 50 years of age and were Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian.
The massage therapy group received 15 minutes of hand massage once a week for four weeks. Four massage techniques were used: milking, stroking, friction, and skin rolling. After the four weeks, participants reported a decrease in hand pain and an increased grip strength. Additionally, participants reported decreased anxiety and feelings of depression.
The bottom line: your hands can benefit from massage therapy, so why not give it a try? There are 27 bones connected by many joints, your hands have a greater possibility of experiencing pain, stiffness, and tiredness.
Massage promotes the flow of new, oxygen-rich blood to muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues in your hands. This improves circulation, increases range of motion for joints, and increases the delivery of nutrients to tissues. Massage can help your hands become stronger, healthier, and less achy!
Not only does regular hand massage benefit your hands, it can also offer positive results for your head. Your hands and feet contain reflexology points, which directly correspond to areas such as the head, neck, mouth, nose, eyes, and ears. Massaging the right places on your hands can help soothe headaches and promote relaxation. Even just a 10-15 minute massage can be beneficial.