Brachial Plexus Wikipedia Gray808YOU HAVE ONLY to note the appliances offered for sale in the catalogs that arrive daily to guess at how many Americans are plagued with hand and wrist problems of one kind or another.

Our hands and fingers seem to be very vulnerable to arthritis, tingling, numbness, cold, trigger finger, pain, carpal tunnel, Dupuytren’s, tendonitis, sprains, aching, skiers thumb, and baseball finger to name a few.

When working efficiently and pain free they warn, unscrew, screw, pat, pet, guide, wash, feed, dry, wipe, play ball, comfort and much more. They allow us to be in touch with our surroundings.

Since fingers and hands have their roots in shoulders, soaking, rubbing with liniments or wearing splints won’t get rid of most problems. Nerves that feed the hand begin in the neck, come under the collar bone which protects them, through the area where the arm and chest meet (the brachial plexus) and then down the arm and into the hand.

Torso, Front View - with Trigger PointsThe tendons that control the hand begin in the forearm so treating just the hand or wrists is not the answer.

To help your hands begin your search for trigger points where the chest and arm meet (see Trigger Points 20, 21, 22, and 23). You begin there because underneath all that muscle is the brachial plexus, a whole network of nerves ultimately responsible for sending signals to your arms and hand.

If those nerves are compressed in an overlay of tight muscles the signals are mixed. Take the pressure off the nerves and they say thank you as do the arms, wrists, and hands.

Arms: Anterior and Posterior ViewsTo take the pressure off the nerves, use Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy to address the trigger points: first in the arm / chest area and then continue down the arm and into the hand. This allows the muscles to relax thus taking the pressure off the nerves.

You have now opened up the subway station doors and restored good signals and healing circulation and nutrition to the area.

Remember, to get the best results, Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® requires that you first find and extinguish the trigger points using pressure AND then reeducate the muscles with corrective exercise for lasting, pain-free hands.

To learn more about Trigger Points, check out my blog from December 2021: Bonnie Prudden – Trigger Points Myotherapy.

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy Corrective Exercises for Hands


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