Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:39 PM
Last trained: almost a month ago, no grip work at all since then. I iced the location now and then but have been abroad for two weeks so I haven't done anything during this time.
Location: from the second joint in the thumb down into the hand, almost to the wrist. It's along that bone, though I'm pretty sure it's the tendon there.
When does it hurt: during any pinching, thumb extension, even down to holding a mug. For some reason it doesn't hurt when I press my thumb down- like a thumb wrestle position.
I'm not really sure what to do to help it heal, I avoid any sort of work, should I continue icing or apply heat? There are times when the pain pulses on and off, the rest of the time there's no pain unless I try to use the thumb for pinching. Any sort of info would be appreciated!
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:27 PM
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:05 AM
Well for recovery I have found these things to work for me. Keep in mind the things should not cause pain. Lots of self massaging. Make sure to get deep, tight muscles and massage the sore areas. Contrast baths at least once a day, if only once a day then do it before bed. Do light mobility work. Just keep things loose, work the range of motion and maybe do light resistance work to get some fresh blood in the area. I also liked squats, deadlifts, bench etc as they are full body lifts that promote alot of blood flow and recovery. Also maybe look into Animal Flex joint supplement or just some fish oil. Diet is important to recovery of course.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:57 AM
Sort of echoing Daniel here, but I think the best thing you can do for recover is active recovery. Do light extensor work, squeeze a soft rubber ball, maybe even do some light (really light!) pinch work. Dont push yourself here, but greasing the groove can help. Try just picking up a hardcover book by pinching.
Also: daily anti-inflammatories, and tiger balm used with the self-massage. Tiger balm is the best stuff ever. And as a bonus, the ladies like the smell of it.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:24 AM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:45 AM
I'll be buying some tiger balm today, and starting the contrast hand baths too. The thumb still has full mobility- moving it without resistance yields no pain (except the rare occasion when that pulsating pain starts). I'm also going to start sleeping with gloves on to keep it warm over night- hopefully that'll aid in recovery, and just massage it daily here and there
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