Remedies for Strains, Sprains, Jams and Inflammation
By Alyson Schlobohm
A hand injury for a massage therapist is a terrible thing. A hand injury on the index finger and joint of the dominant hand for a massage therapist during a big move and expansion is a really terrible thing! Thankfully, I was able to get my hands (literally) on a variety of remedies for sprains, strains, jams and inflammation that helped me to heal much quicker than I’d expected. After slamming my hand in to a moving elevator door, my right index finger swelled to three times its normal size.
For some reason 3-4 days after the accident was the worst of them all. Opening a door with my right hand was impossible, the resistance of a rubber band around my pointer was excruciating and any contact with it was unbearable. (Though I could pick up and move heavy boxes without flinching – it was odd.)
Thankfully to some magical ointments (see below), cold laser therapy from Dr. Gregory at Richmond Chiropractic Solutions and my usual go-tos, today is a MUCH better day! I didn’t wake up in pain all night long, I can open doors and I’m more optimistic that I will be able to take my appointments on Monday. Fingers crossed!
*Update: I was not able to return to work on Monday, as I’d hoped, but I was able to go back on Tuesday and for the rest of the week with a lessened workload. However, I was beyond thrilled with the rapidness at which this painful injury healed! I do also recommend continuing to use these products for a while – I still occasionally feel some residual issues if I move a certain way or use my hand without thinking.*