Therapeutic Hand Massage
Each of your hands contains more than two dozen bones -- 27, to
be exact. With so many bones connected by so many joints, there's a
greater possibility of pain resulting from joints that have grown
tired and stiff.
Even if you don't spend hours upon hours typing, doing
embroidery, writing, knitting, building a boat in a bottle, or
other work that requires a lot from your hands, therapeutic hand
massage techniques can be effective in soothing pain as well as
increasing your range of motion.
Keeping Joints Loose
Massage gets new, oxygen-rich blood flowing into areas that
might have grown stiff and sore. Not only the muscles, but also the
tendons, joints, ligaments and connective tissues in your hands --
and in the rest of your body -- benefit from regular massage
At Massage Envy, our professional massage therapists work to
stimulate the flow of blood that improves circulation, increases
delivery of nutrients to underlying tissues, and facilitates
movement in your joints. It adds up to healthier, more dexterous
hands as well as stronger and more flexible wrists and fingers.
This can make a difference for anyone who uses their hands
frequently, making it possible to assemble puzzles or type on a
small keyboard for longer periods of time without having to stop
and shake the stiffness out of tired fingers and wrists. Still,
that's only the beginning of the benefits offered by hand massage
Hands and Head
WebMD quotes Dale Grust of the American Massage Therapy
Association on the topic of therapeutic hand massage. "Massaging
the hands is not only great for the hands," says this New York
massage therapist, "but can help to relieve headaches as well."
That's because the hands -- as well as the feet -- contain
reflexology points which correspond to various areas of the
body.Those areas include the head as well as the neck, mouth,
noise, eyes and ears. Since our professional massage therapists at
Massage Envy are skilled in various disciplines including reflexology, anyone
coping with headaches
may want to request reflexology as part of their massage
Pain Relief & Sleep
If you're suffering from a chronic condition like carpal
tunnel syndrome, or a specific injury like a sprain or a broken
bone, hand massage techniques can help alleviate that pain. Along
with the topical relief that comes from focusing on one area of
your body, massage also provides another key healing tool.
Dr. Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute,
notes that massage aids in promoting the kind of relaxation that
leads to deep sleep. "It's this deep sleep that's truly important,"
she says, "because that is where the restorative process is
A study published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal
of Clinical Nursing found that 10-minute hand massages
significantly improved relaxation in elderly patients. The study
suggested that therapeutic hand massage can be incorporated into a
nursing regimen to improve the psychological mood of the patient,
decrease stress and help improve sleep.