Ever heard of BlackBerry Thumb? Learn How to Treat Wrist Pain with Self-Massage – Part I of Part III

October 28, 2014

Have you ever noticed pain after a long texting conversation with a friend? You may be suffering from what is know as BlackBerry Thumb. This pain in the wrist and thumb area is common and most people don’t realize how weak their wrists really are until they try some new activity or lift something heavy while holding their wrist in an odd position. If the pain is severe you may even get diagnosed with repetitive strain injury.

Painful wrists can hinder your daily activities. Most of the time the pain is caused by tendonitis, however more serious conditions may need surgical intervention. If you have a wrist injury from a fall or accident of any kind, please see your physician before trying our self-massage treatment. If you know you don’t have a fracture or tear then go ahead and try these simple techniques.  Bringing blood and nutrients to inflamed tissue is a great way to expedite the healing process. Let’s begin with identifying your pain.

Does your wrist hurt with flexion?

Does it hurt with extension?

Does it hurt when you deviate the Radius or the Ulnar?

How about when you Pronate or Supinate?

Use the photo below to help you determine which direction is most painful. 


De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is pictured below. It is Part I of our three part series. The blue area signifies the tendon sheaths affected that cause pain with movement. De Quervain’s is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tendons of the wrist and thumb. If you have this ailment you will feel pain making a fist, grasping for things and ulnar deviation (see diagram above).


Self Massaging De Quervain’s  Tenosynovitis is easy and you can watch how by going to My Self-Care Toolkit.

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IMG_2075-1This terrible affliction can be overcome by doing daily Self-Massage and Exercises. It can take over a month or longer so you must be persistent and patient. It depends on how long you’ve had the condition and how painful the symptoms are as well as your range of motion. If you are consistent and are really willing to work on it, you will succeed. Remember to ice before and after each self-massage and exercise to reduce inflammation.

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Wishing you a pain-free day,

Elizabeth & Carly The Massage Gurus!

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