Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the ways we need to understand pain and it’s cause. And how we can appropriately deal with pain and then build up and exercise our joints, specifically our wrist joint.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global or onlineRehabilitation.org were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast....one of the things we are challenged with as we get older, through normal use, or as an after effect of a brain injury or stroke is that of damage or control and usage problems of joints. Today we’re going to focus on the wrist. I was asked last night by a friend about whether or not I knew how to “unfreeze a joint” in particular the wrist. It’s unfortunately a common problem that occurs from over use in most people and control issues in brain injuries and stroke.
One of the biggest challenges is in increasing blood flow to the joint area. This can be best addressed and accomplished in several ways...
We often misinterpret pain and try to decrease it inappropriately. In other words we think pain removal is the goal. I learned as a paramedic that pain is an indicator of something that is happening and needs to be appropriately understood and addressed accordingly. Removal of pain needs to be in conjunction with healing! Not just pain removal for pain removals sake! We often rush to remove the pain and in so doing can actually add to the damage or injury of the joint. When there is pain in an area we need to ask the following:
Most joint pain is due to misuse, nonuse, or injury of a joint and can be addressed through slowly and carefully dealing with building up and healing the joint... strains and sprains and nonuse are actually slower to heal than a break. Joint movements and exercises need to be done slowly, intentionally, and properly. Using low heat to increase mobility, circulation, and internal lubrication needs to be done in conjunction with healing the joint. Exercises must be secondary to that healing. Pain in all reality is our friend and must be understood. Do not think that you need to “push” through it! In this case... slow and steady heals and strengthens.
We ask a lot of our bodies and they can serve us well if we are patient and work with them. Anti-inflammatories and pain medications need to be used only under supervision, and in conjunction with exercises to build up and strengthen those joints. There are far too may people who start using strong medication for pain relief only to become addicted to the drug!
Some of the simplest wrist/arm exercises I have put together on our web site into a video whose link I’ve included in the show notes. It includes:
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