How to Give a Great Self Hand Massage When Your Favorite Manicurist is on Vacation Pencil + Rubber Balls = Great Hand Job for You

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.


self hand massage

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.

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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.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 10.26.27 PMDo you get hand pain? Tell me in the comments box what you think usually causes it. I’m curious.


  • Is this treatment appropriate for swollen palms accompanied (sometimes) by swelling of the distal forearm and wrist? Cheers.

  • It depends on why your swollen. If you have broken bones or torn tissue then certainly not. Otherwise you can give it a try and see how you feel.

  • This was really helpful in self-care. You make it look so easy and yet it is very detailed. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the great content you put out. I think you mentioned a guide to download on your site for this particular tutorial on self-massage for hand, but I was unable to find a link. thank you

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