Preventing Hand Issues
Hands are constantly being taken for granted. We use our hands for just about everything we do. So make sure to remember to give your hands a little TLC every day to prevent any long term issues.
They say, a person’s face can hide their age, but the hands will never lie. That’s because hands are in and out of water. They are scarred and callous from heavy work. They are the one thing most people forget to put sunscreen on yet, they bask in the sun while driving. Using the wrong kind of moisturizer can actually dry hands out more than helping. Undernourished hands appear aged. Try using natural oils to hydrate by penetrating deep down into the layers of skin. Apply olive or coconut oil and wrap hands in plastic wrap for ten minutes to get nice, soft, glowy results. Using peanut butter on hands is also one of my favorites, but again, cover your hands with plastic or rubber gloves. You don’t want to make a mess.
So you work with your hands, that should make then strong, right? In a sense, yes. But, forgetting to stretch and massage the hands can cause weakness. As a writer, I stretch my fingers everyday using a technique where I place my palms together and I spread and push my fingers together. Then, I workout my wrists in a circular motion. These exercises can prevent carpal tunnel. I also carry a lot of stress in my palms. I use a water bottle to dig into the tiny knots that form in the palm. The cool bottle helps with inflammation.
Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Although, that’s not accurate science. That’s what I tell people when I shake their hand. My hand temperature runs cool. However, it’s important to regulate your temp. I started to use cashmere writing gloves. They’re pretty sweet, actually. Writer’s fingers can get cold while the palms get sweaty. With fingerless writing gloves, the hand adapts, maintaining a balanced warm temperature. It’s best to keep hands on the warmer side when working with them. It’s better circulation, better sense of touch, and believe it or not, it’s usually less damaging if warm hands happen to get injured.
When it comes to hand care, prevention is best. Wear the correct gloves for the job at hand, no pun intended. Wash hands at all the appropriate times. Don’t overuse hand sanitizer. If you must use a lot of sanitizer, moisturize often. Take time out every day to massage your hands. If hands are feeling weak, squeeze a stress ball or a balled-up sock. If you’re not feeling relief, or you feel pain, let your doctor know. There’s plenty of help for joint health, nowadays. Our hands are connected to a lot in the body. It’s best to make sure nothing else like, arthritis is going on. And don’t forget, take some time out to pamper your hands every now and again. Get a mani or do a simple hand scrub and soak at home before cutting your nails.
Take care of your hands, so they can keep taking care of you for many years to come.
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