The holidays are here! No matter what you celebrate around this time a year, there are so many traditions to follow. Whether it is lighting candles, rolling out cookie dough, or decorating a tree, there are tons of beautiful moments to share with your family and friends. So many of these activities involve your upper extremities, and what if you were hindered because of hand, wrist, or arm pain? Thankfully we are here to help!
With the help of occupational and physical therapy, we can get you back to making holiday memories with your friends and family.
First, we would want to look to strengthen and mobilize the muscles that are impacted. We would want to build up the muscles that may be weaker and hope to improve the overall movement of any sort of joint or muscles that may be affected. This can be done with various stretches, exercises, and hands on manipulation from our therapists!
Next, we would want to analyze any activities you wish to complete and see if there is any way to modify your activities to complete them pain free. This could involve repositioning your hand and wrist placement to use other muscles that may be stronger. This new placement could take pressure off of underperforming muscles, giving yourself less pain. Or we could implement different gadgets that could be used instead of doing everything by hand. For example, tubing could be added to utensils to make a grip bigger, this way you use larger muscles in your hand then smaller muscles that may be weaker.
Finally, we would be here to support you every step of the way, whether it be in one of our clinics or in your home! We are happy to visit your home and assess for safety, furniture placement, and modifying everyday activities to keep the pain from recurring even after the holidays are over.
Elite is happy to help you be your best this holiday season and into the new year. Call today to schedule therapy so good, it’s Elite!