Massage for
Arms, Elbows, Hands & Wrist Pain

Did you know that a lot of pain and stiffness in your arms, elbows, and hands comes from your muscles?

hand massageHand Massage

Contrary to many commonly offered remedies for pain relief, protracted periods of inactivity or rest, and splints or pressure straps may actually increase stiffness, cause pain in other places, or even encourage muscle atrophy.

Whilst these types of advice may initially offer temporary relief, they, in fact, fail to address the underlying problems of muscle tightness.

In order to get to the root of your pain, focused intervention on the muscular level is necessary, and here is where massage therapy can really help.  

The Dangers of Repetitive Movement
to your Muscles

The most common cause of muscular pain in our upper extremities is muscle overload through repetitive movements. Here are some common jobs that put hand, elbows or arms at risk of such strain:

  • Typing on the computer keyboard / using a computer mouse
  • Texting on your mobile phone
  • Cutting, slicing, chopping things (e.g. as a cook)
  • Using tools (e.g. a screwdriver, saw)
  • Factory work
  • Writing, painting, or drawing
  • Conducting or playing a musical instrument i.e. professional orchestra player)
  • Distributing advertisements
  • Holding a steering wheel for hours (career drivers)
  • Domestic or industrial cleaning

wrist painwrist pain

Many people are surprised to discover that leisure activities requiring repetitive movements are also widely responsible for this overtaxing of muscles:

  • playing tennis or golf
  • swimming
  • long hours of practicing a musical instrument
  • social texting
  • gardening
  • wood­working, leatherwork, or sewing and craftwork

As you can see, the risks of muscle over-use in daily life are considerable and the casualties are countless.

In this technologically oriented world, even children are beginning to seek therapy, complaining of severe forearm, hand or finger pain caused by protracted periods on their phones, texting, typing on computer keypads, and manipulating video-game controls.

arm in slingSling causes pain in shoulder muscles

Falls and accidents

Pain from prior injuries such as accidents or falls can continue to trouble people for years, even decades after a precipitating injury.

Long after broken or bruised bones have healed, accompanying muscular trauma can continue to debilitate or restrict mobility.

Common diagnoses for pain and dysfunction in upper extremities

Carpal tunnel Syndrome [1]
Osteoarthritis [1]
Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) [2]
Tenosynovitis (de Quervain’s disease) [2]
Arthritis  [2]
Radiculopathy  [3]
Cubital tunnel syndrome [4]
Ulnar Neuropathy [5]
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome [5]

Myofascial trigger points (“muscle knots”) in some of the arm muscles can mimic the symptoms of the above common conditions. Likewise, pain from these conditions can be aggravated by additional trigger points.

Changes in osteoarthritic wear­-and­-tear seen on an x-ray may only be coincidental, and not necessarily the cause of your pain. [1]

At ToThePoint Massage, we are trained to ascertain and treat the muscle related pain of these complaints.

Stiffness, Numbness, Tingling, Weakness

Stiffness or weakness of your arms or hands can be the result of very tight muscles that may have been overused, used infrequently, improperly, or braced for a very long time.

Numbness, weakness or tingling can also be the result of nerves that have been entrapped by tight muscles. In other words, numbness in your hands or fingers can be caused by trigger points elsewhere. i.e. in the arm, chest or shoulder muscles.

At ToThePoint Massage, we aim to free your muscles from tension and restriction, release muscle knots, and therefore restore natural movement and function.

Sources for this article:

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Dr. Janet Travell, Dr. David Simons & Lois Simons,2nd edition, vol 1,1999  [1] p. 688, [2] p. 705, [3] p. 721, [4] p. 764, [5] p. 765