How Come My Hand & Wrist therapy not working?
Hand and wrist pain can be very frustrating – hands useful – and that’s putting it mildly!!!!
At our clinic we regularly meet people with wrist & hand pain. Many of whom are so bad that they’ve begun to worry about their livelihoods
But what’s even more frustrating than hand & wrist pain?
Getting complete STUCK with hand and wrist pain because the treatment we receive isn’t working!!! (As someone who had crippling wrist problems for an extended once upon a time – I can totally empathise with this.)
The HAPPY NEWS is that most hand and wrist pains get better very quickly – as long as they are getting THE RIGHT KIND OF TREATMENT! Which is generally not ‘just exercises’!
Most hands and wrist issues have SCAR TISSUE that needs to be broken up by someone who knows how. There also tends to be locking of thew small bones in the wrist – which need mobilising. That’s what brings relief.
Then – only once they are feeling good > tendon strength exercises to make the improvements lasts!
Not ticking these specific boxes is what causes the majority of hand pains that fail to recover to become frustrating. The same truths hold for many other conditions – likes stubborn neck pain and back pain for example
How come I keep doing my exercises but they are not fixing my problem ?
Let’s be honest – we the human race don’t exactly have the best track record for keeping up with the exercises our chiropractors gave us! Or doing yoga 365 days per year. Even though most of us kinda know we should.
But there are a percentage of us who are so desperate to get better that we actually follow through – and keep consistently doing ‘the exercises’…… Strange but true.
It’s great that some of us are willing to put in work but that can lead to a second layer of difficulty. When the exercise program doesn’t get rid of the pain. Which is actually quite a common thing!
The reason so many of us struggle to fix ourselves with rehab exercises – pilate – yoga & gym is quite straight forward.
Generally speaking – exercises work better for PREVENTING pain than REDUCING pain!
If we have an inflamed spinal joint in our neck that’s been causing headaches for years – that’s a very very hard thing to shift with exercise!!
If our knee pain is caused by a deep knot of scar tissue between layers of muscle – right where they attach to the knee – that’s a very very hard thing to shift with exercises!!
If we have neck and shoulder pain – because the fascia in our upper back has become completely stuck from years of office work – that’s a very very hard thing to shift with exercises!!
Sometimes the best way to understand pain treatment is in the same way we understand dental care….
Exercises are as important for treating stubborn pains as brushing & flossing are for managing tooth decay. VERY IMPORTANT
But there is no use trying to floss yourself for an hour a day if what you really need is root canal.
If you have persistent pain in your tooth – it needs TREATMENT.
If you have persistent pain in a joint or muscle – it needs TREATMENT.
Then once the pain is under control it becomes exercises o’clock!