Typing, playing sports, gardening, and other repetitive activities can take a toll on your hands and wrists, making it difficult to get through your daily routines. But the good news is that hand massage may bring you the relief you need and many other benefits, too.
Studies have shown that hand massage therapy may improve pain and inflammation related to many conditions, including arthritis, tendonitis, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and overuse syndrome.
What are the benefits of hand massage?
According to a 2011 study, participants had less pain and more grip strength after four weeks of daily hand massages by a therapist and daily self-massage. The same participants experienced less anxiety and depression and improved sleep quality.
Other benefits include:
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves range of motion
- Reduces inflammation
- Relaxes muscles and joints
- Calms stress
- Improves mood
Do I have to go to a professional massage therapist to reap the rewards?
Professional massage therapy can be expensive and time-consuming. However, performing self-massage or using a hand-massage device can deliver the same benefits without the high price tag and travel time.
Self-massage techniques are simple and can be done as often as needed but may not provide full relief.
Hand massagers are affordable and popular among those wanting the benefits of a professional massage with the convenience of an at-home device. Some devices, such as the iReliev Hand & Wrist Massager, offer multiple massage modes and intensity levels for maximum relief and relaxation. An optional heat setting comforts cold hands and provides extra relief to stiff joints and muscles.
Overall, the benefits of regular hand massage may go far beyond your wrist. You’ll likely enjoy reduced pain and inflammation, increased grip strength, as well as improved mood and sleep. All of this adds up to a better quality of life. Go ahead and try it; you’re worth it.