Thumb Pain & Tension While Typing

Does pain radiate from your palm and thumb?

The Thenar muscles spasm and need “kneading”.
Always been an issue for me too as the pain can radiate and be very irritating while your functioning or doing nothing at all. My physical therapist just loves giving me hand massages as I purrrr he chuckles. The medium neve connection and you all know how the RSI issues of the radial, ulnar and median nerves can send signals of pain.

Try using some pressure on the area to relax the muscle(s) in yoour palm, then someone to massage the area and also massage from the occipital & spine down to the finger tips. There is no “I” with the RSI team. *Click on the title and Sharon Butler will give you some tips.

Well connected muscular and nervous systems our skeltal machines …

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One Response to Thumb Pain & Tension While Typing

  1. admin says:

    I’ve had a lot of experience with this type of injury so I hope my advice can help you.
    First, you’re going to have to work on breaking that habit. To remind yourself, place a strip of adhesive tape on the palm side of your hand, from the center of your wrist extending up to joint that bends your thumb. Any time you go to raise your thumb, the tape will tug on your skin and you will feel it and be reminded to not do that.

    When you raise your thumb in the way you do, it shortens the major muscle and tendon that pulls your thumb into that position. You want to lengthen that again so the feeling in the muscle and tendon is normalized.One of the fastest exercises to deal with this kind of muscle and tendon shortening is to enclose your thumb in your fist (gently) and S-L-O-W-L-Y rotate and bend your wrist all around in every direction. Pause in the places that feel the most tender. Take a moment to go back and forth over the sore spots, but for no more than 10 seconds. Then continue with the circles again. Do the whole exercise for no more than 30 seconds, then place your loose hand in your lap and let it rest there with NO movement until all the sensations from this exercise fade away. This will take more time as you begin doing this exercise than it will later on.

    For anyone who has thumb pain, this is a great exercise to do to condition your thumbs for stressful activity. But keep in mind that thumbs can be fickle and will often feel sore and tired even after doing this exercise. That is an indication that they need more rest and if you give it to them, the pain will go away much faster.
    I hope you find this helpful. Let us know how you do with it.
    All the best,
    Sharon Butler
    Author, “Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self Care Program” Available at
    Author, “The DeQuervain’s Syndrome (Thumb Pain) Self Care Toolkit”, available at:

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