If you spend enough time working with your hands, at some point they will ache. It could be from lifting, playing guitar, gardening or any other of the many forms of manual labor. I myself seem to end up with some hand and wrist pain about once a year from long drives.
Feeling better is generally as simple as releasing trigger points in the muscles. But the trick is getting enough pressure on the big meaty muscles as well as the the tiny ones between the bones, all while requiring very little effort from your other hand that may be hurting too.
That’s why I came up with this simple method for giving myself a hand-job. If you have a pencil and some balls, then release is yours.
Be warned that the trigger points between your finger bones tend to hurt a fair amount. Take your time and increase the pressure at a rate that you can handle. Begin by the knuckles where the space is wider and slowly move the pencil eraser or Massage Star around slowly to find and massage the tender spots. As it releases you can work your way towards the palm.
Need some rubber balls? Get an assortment of 25 for about $6 here or you may get lucky and find them at your local grocery store for a quarter. The Massage Star is a bit more pricey at $20 but if you have thick, meaty hands, it’s worth it.
The next thing I recommend that isn’t in the video is strengthening the muscles that open your palm. We want to use the process of reciprocal inhibition to our benefit and you can do that with one of these nifty rubber band things.