Massive Thumb Pain
I have been having some serious thumb pain ever since returning from Texas when I went to the Metroplex Mayhem at Metroflex contest in January. After the bending portion of the contest was finished, I had this ridiculous pain in my thumb webbing that extended down into my thumb pad. To describe this pain accurately – it was so bad that I could not lift the Blob. I first lifted this thing in 2003, and haven’t really ever had a hard time pulling it up since that same year, so to not be able to lift it was quite alarming. I knew I had to go about getting this fixed using extreme measures.
I made a post about this in my workout log, Fire Walk with Me, on the Diesel Forum. Check it out here.
I thought I would take a moment and make a post about what I have been doing lately, because I am finally getting some relief and if anyone out there is having similar problems, maybe some of these measures can help you out.
First off, I started going for weekly chiropractic visits and massages. The adjustments have been both general body adjustments and specific adjustments to the thumb itself. Both the adjustments and the massage have felt great and given instant relief each time I’ve gone. i wouldn’t necessary label the massage Active Release, but I have encouraged the masseuse to not hold back on me!
At night, I have been applying Biofreeze on the spots on my thumb and forearm that I have been having pain. I purposely bought the bottle with the roller top on it so I could apply crazy pressure on the spots of most pain. After applying the Biofreeze and the spot pressure, I then roll my arm with a rolling pin with the help of my fiancee. I mainly do this on nights when I do not have massages.
I have put masses of extensor training into my daily life, carrying a bag of IronMind Bands and a Theraband in my coat and taking them to work meetings, the cafeteria, break rooms, and at my desk. This hits the thumb just where the pain is.
During one of the massages, the masseuse said that my forearms are so tight that they restrict blood flow into my hands, so I have to begin stretching more. I haven’t stretched my forearms in years and I have been doing grip for about 6.5 years, so I figure I am definitely behind the 8 ball on this one. I have been doing the majority of my forearm, wrist and thumb stretching during my workouts when my muscles are warm and have good circulation. The last thing I want to do is go pulling and end up making it worse by stretching cold.
I have also been wearing gloves to bed at night and while it sounds pretty crazy, it actually makes your hands feel great. I started doing this when I first started grip training way back when but got away from it for several years. I’d say at least 10% of my recovery has come from wearing the gloves, due to the 6 to 8 hours of increased circulation I am getting to my hands during the night.
Thsi has been a pretty crazy few weeks with this pain going on, but I am started to see some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I want to thank Paul Knight for suggesting some of these methods, and I encourage all of you to try them out or ask for more info if you need it.
Take care and all the best.
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