Everyday we use computers daily, either for work or for leisure. This can be brutal on the joints of your arms and hands, especially your fingers, thumbs and elbows; these joints usually suffer the most abuse. If you have pain and dysfunction in these areas, excessive joint compression can be a factor—but most often the cause of problems is simple: chronically overused and over-tight arm muscles that pull on where their tendons attach at these joints, causing inflammation (tendinitis) and functional misalignment.
Daily Maintenance for Arms and Hands:
If you use your arms and hands every day, you need maintenance every day to get back full range of motion. How can you deliver an effective self-care technique? You need two things to successfully maintain arm muscle range of motion: (1.) the right technique, and (2.) a tool to apply that technique easily and efficiently without fatiguing the hand and arm that do the applying.
(1.) For the right technique: Finding the sore (trigger) spot, holding pressure on the sore spot, then slowly and fully stretching the muscle that has the sore spot while maintaining pressure—all while maintaining a level of pressure that feels like useful pain or a hurts good sensation.
(2.) For the right tool: Use a small, 2-pound dumbbell, a rounded rock, a large food can—anything that offers pressure through its weight and mass instead of requiring you to exert muscle pressure onto the spot with your upper body.
A few minutes of arm and hand maintenance per day will make all the difference in the quality and length of your life, career, and happiness.