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Sensory Options for Hand Pain

For those that don't know, the past three months have been really challenging in our household. Normally, I share my kid's health challenges and what helps them. However, I was actually the sick one, and still am. One of the first symptoms, and most upsetting, was an unexpected loss of hand control with a lot of swelling and pain. It is why I have been so quiet. It hurts to type, write, hold a fork, and even sew!


Well, as you know, life goes on and as a Momma with a busy home, a growing business, kids with high needs, a new extremely untrained puppy, homeschooling, and all the other Momma duties, I have been pausing to give myself a good cry and then pushing forward. This means finding solutions for the hand pain.


Through trial and error, here is what I came up with:


1. We use essential oils and I have a recipe for a pain stick that I use on my hands. It is: 1/4 cup beeswax, 1/4 cup sunflower oil, and 1/4 cup shea butter all melted down in a double broiler. I then add in 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops frankincense, 10 drops copaiba, 10 drops lavender, and 10 drops peppermint stirring well. I pour the liquid mixture into empty deodorant sticks purchased off of Amazon. Once cooled I rub it on my hands and wherever else I have pain.

2. I apply heat by wrapping our Firefly Heat Pad around my hand and arm. I love that it is extra long so it wraps up the arm and the Jasmine rice holds heat well. While I hear that ice can be helpful, I am a heat girl as the warmth helps me to relax.

3. Wrist guards to hold my wrist and hand still while sleeping. You can buy them just about anywhere. The ones I picked up were for carpel tunnel. They have helped relax my hands, reduce twisting, and remind me to rest them at night.

4. During the day, I try to move my hands as much as possible. Petting the dog helps a lot, which gave me the idea to try one of our Firefly Weighted Textured Lap Pads. Not only did rubbing the fabric help loosen my fingers, it was comforting. We sell a lot of these pads for anxiety and fidgeting. It was cool to find another use for them.

5. Last, but not least, I signed up for some physical therapy. We utilize PT, as well as occupational therapy, for the kids, when needed. I find it very helpful to connect with a specialist that really knows how muscles and bones work. They are also great with knowing specific activities that drill in and strengthen specific movement parts. Hopefully, they will have some good exercises for me to do at home to strengthen what I can.


For now, like others, I am still working through accommodations and alternative ways of doing things. I hope that this helps others dealing with chronic hand pain!


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