I have come up with an exercise that I call Hand Yoga for Muscle Cramps and Stiffness. It’s been hurting off and on for a few weeks, and I pushed it a little bit too hard. It is important to find a balance when we experience joint pain of any kind. We do not want to give in and become sedentary. But doing too much can create further problems and also prevent us from healing. Watch the video and then read on for tips on relief from joint pain.
Gentle stretches can fight the fatigue from Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis. The pain may be from HCV treatment, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, or carpal tunnel. Heck, it could just be from overdoing it. I know my joints are not as young as they used to be! Pain is pain and we have got to find a way to get relief and also to allow our body to heal. I am taking the safe route and posting a Youtube in order to give my body a rest. As always, I share with you.
Here are a few ways I have been getting some relief from joint pain.
Stretch gently and slowly. Do some hand yoga or full body yoga stretches. Even the though pain is mainly in my wrist and hand, it seems to radiate up toward my shoulder. Stretching my upper body seems to bring relief.
Apply an ice bag. You know that I use a bag of frozen vegetables like corn for quick ice pack. Cheap, refreezable, and disposable. It’s even edible!
Try a topical cream. I found one with Arnica Gel. Any ingredient that creates an icy hot feeling can bring relief. I have been using straight up peppermint oil also.
Rest when you are tired. Do some stretches and then allow your tired muscles and joints to just relax.
Just breathe. Use this time to breath slowly and deeply. Pain can disrupt your thinking. It is hard to focus when you are constantly trying to push pain away.
Drink plenty of water. Everything I have ever read says that water is crucial for joint and muscle health. It makes sense to lubricate every cell in our body to help bring pain relief and healing.
Wear a wrist support. I found an inexpensive one at the discount drug store. It serves as a reminder to not use my right hand as much. It also helps me to move correctly. When spending a lot of time on the computer, writing, or any other repetitive movement we tend to get lazy. Using a support can help us to be more aware of our movement.
I had a muscle cramp come on in my hand while making the video – hence the scrunched up face. I laughed at myself, so you can laugh at me. The desire of my heart is to connect and help you find ways to feel better. I know that the sound quality is not that good. I will try and work on the audio.
What is important is that we stay connected with our Best Friend’s while we are battling pain or any other symptoms or side effects from the Hepatitis C Virus, treatment, or liver disease. I have been doing my hand yoga for muscle cramps and stiffness several times a day.
I have several blogs in the works, but have decided to play it smart and give my hands a rest. I am already feeling pain just from typing this short blog. I love you guys and think about you always. xoxo Karen:)
You can also check out my blog on muscle cramps here
I started a Youtube channel and have posted videos relating to Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis. I am a newbie at this. It is a new thing for me, and has been a lot of fun, especially since it is painful to type right now. My grandkids are getting a kick out of it and I hope you do too! Give me some feedback! For sure you can laugh at my efforts.
You know me, I’m laughing all the way. Youtube videos are here.