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DeQuervain's Syndrome and a 3-Pronged Approach to Relieving DeQu

DeQuervain's Syndrome happens because of "something." All pain happens because of a reason or cause.

I remember Becky, a hospital worker who ripped lots of bandage packages open every day. Her wrist started to hurt and she thought it was carpal tunnel. Turns out, a lot of other people who work with her had also had this problem. On my suggestion, she started cutting the packages open instead of ripping them, and her pain went away.

So, you see, pain doesn't happen unless there is a reason.

What might your reason be?

You may know that I'm a soft tissue expert. I give full responsibility to the muscles and soft tissues (that means not bones) that cause probably 90% of our pain. And, I am a firm believer in doing the most natural, least invasive therapy possible.

I KNOW that bodies can heal when they are given what they need to be well and when the things that make them unhappy are removed.

I KNOW that pain like this is a warning sign that we are doing something our body does not like.

One doctor discusses anatomical variations (differences in bones & muscles) between those who have deQuervain's and those who don't, and that could be. Regardless, the tilting movement seems to be the demon here. The tilting motion stretches, pulls or aggravates and irritates the soft tissues on the thumb side of your wrist.

Here's a 3-pronged approach you can use to help heal your deQuervain's Syndrome.

1. If you can manage to quit doing that tilting movement, in time you will heal, settle down, and stop having pain. Sometimes, awareness is enough to help you quit doing a movement. If you didn't realize you were doing it, how could you stop doing it?

2. If you pinch the soft tissues around the base of your thumb, and on the thumb-side of your lower arm near your wrist, you'll find they are tender. Very tender. You can ice this area, heat this area, massage this area of your lower arm. You can pinch the tissues, twist the tissues, or go to a massage therapist and let them do it for you.

3. Do all of the same massaging, pinching, prodding, poking and playing with the muscles and soft tissues on your thumb and in the web of your thumb, too.

Those tissues have become irritated because of the tilting movement. They've become tight and are a little less happy than they used to be. Massaging them and pressing into the tender areas will help get the circulation going again and relax those tight tissues. Manipulating, icing and/or heating the tissues around your thumb and lower arm will help them become more pliable, healthier and happier.

There you have it: My all-natural, do-it-yourself 3-point system for getting rid of your deQuervain's Syndrome.