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DIY Acupressure Massage For Hand And Fingers Numbness

DIY Acupressure Massage For Hand And Fingers Numbness

Katoka Massage Therapy knows that aches and pains can really take away from your abilities and overall happiness. We’re here to help you access some relief on the spot, using your own fingertips!

This DIY acupressure massage therapy is great for numbness of The hands and fingers.

What Does Numbness in the Hands and Fingers Mean?

Ever thought that you could injure yourself by doing office work? The reality is that you very easily can. Your body can experience strain from seemingly simple tasks. You don’t have to be lifting weights every day or doing hard manual labour to accidentally tweak something.

Under-use and over-use of your muscles are both perfect recipes for injury. Monotonous motions that are frequently repeated, body posture, and how you interact with your work environment are all actions that have an effect on your body. Is the light bulb in your head going off now with new theories for why you might have some pains or numbness?

These actions can start expressing their toll on your body in several different ways. Numbness in your hands, fingers and arms is a typical reaction. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Carpal Tunnel, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome are all explanations for some of the aches, pains, or tingles that you might be experiencing.

Why Does Numbness Happen?

More and more we rely on the convenience of technology. Consider how often you are at your desktop computer or laptop. How many times would you say you use your keyboard to type? How often do your click your mouse? When you’re on the go, are you holding your phone?


Each small action over time with enough repetition wears on our bodies. We’re also creatures of habit. Meaning you most likely sit the same way day after day, minute by minute, or hold your mouse in a specific way.


These habits consistently put a strain on your hand and upper body muscles, and body in general. It only makes matters worse if you’re not performing these simple tasks in ergonomic ways. So, it’s no surprise that some nerves might be pinched! This is exactly what causes numbness; damage, irritation, or the compression of nerves.


Numbness and What it Means

Let’s take a closer look at some of the underlying issues behind hand/finger numbness.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): This is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons that is often caused by overuse or repetitive movements. RSI mainly affects the upper body including the neck and shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands. Aside from numbness or tingling, you might also have symptoms including general pain, aching or tenderness, stiffness, weakness, and/or cramps.

Carpal Tunnel: This is a syndrome caused by pressure on your median nerve which runs the length of your arm and through the passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel and ends in your hand. The nerve is compressed by inflammation and swelling, causing numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand. Every finger is controlled by the median except for your little finger. As the syndrome worsens, the muscles in your hand shrink and you will likely experience less grip strength. Increased pain and muscle cramping can also be expected.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): Your thoracic outlet is the narrow area between the base of your neck and armpit. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a group of conditions that can put pressure on your arteries, veins and upper chest nerves. This pressure causes symptoms such as pain, coldness and numbness in your arm and hand. While carpal tunnel affects the wrist, TOS occurs where the arm meets the torso. Like RSI and Carpal Tunnel, repetitive motions and poor posture/body positioning puts you at risk. While not life-threatening, if left untreated you leave yourself open to further complications.

DIY acupressure massage therapy for Hand numbness

Right now, you can try some acupressure relief! Whether you are reading this sitting at your desk, in bed, or standing in line for your morning/afternoon coffee, give these DIY acupressure massage therapy tips a try to help relieve any numbness and tingling in your hands or fingers.


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Inner Gate / Inner Pass or Nei Guan - PC6

Measure three finger widths up your inner arm from your wrist crease. Press down firmly between the tendons for a few minutes to start experiencing relief from numbness and tingling in your wrist, hand and/or fingers. Repeat on your other arm. For best results, continue activating this point for three minutes, three times a day.


Outer Gate / Outer Pass or Waiguan - TB5  (TE5/TW5)

Measure three finger widths up from your wrist crease on the back of your arm. Using your thumb and forefinger, press this point in the middle of your arm for two to three minutes. Repeat on your other arm.

This point has similar benefits to the previous one, PC6 — in fact you can press both points at the same time for maximum benefits:

- Locate PC6 with your thumb
- Put your thumb on PC6
- Locate on the other side TB5 and put your middle finger on it  
- Apply pressure


Broken Sequence or Lie Que - LU7

Located on your inner arm below the wrist bone on the thumb side, in the depression between the sinew and bone. To find this point, interlock the thumb and index finger of one hand with those of the other. The point lies at the end of the index finger on the opposite inner arm. Press gently for one minute or move your finger in a circular motion while applying gentle pressure.

*You can try almost all of these DIY massages right at your work desk!*


But wait... There's more!

Some Lifestyle Hacks

Stretch, stretch, stretch! For TOS, focus on stretching the neck and chest to open those spaces. For carpal tunnel and basic hand/finger relief, focus on stretching those areas. Rotate your wrist, flex it up and down and side to side. Stretch your fingers far apart then relax and repeat. Pull your thumb back gently, hold, then release. Repeat these stretches regularly. Maintain good posture at work and create a comfortable and ergonomic work environment. For example, ensure that your computer screen is positioned so that it causes the least amount of strain possible. Give a mouse pad with wrist support a try!

Good to Read: The Ultimate Guide to Ergonomics

Take regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks. Shorter, more frequent breaks do more favours for your body than one long lunch break.

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