zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

Old-Fashioned Remedies for Stiff Finger Tendons

by
author image Felicia Lee
Felicia Lee is a freelance writer/editor and published author with over 15 years of experience. Her work has appeared in publications including the "Los Angeles Times" and on Salon.com. Felicia holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from Stanford and a Doctor of Philosophy in linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles.
Old-Fashioned Remedies for Stiff Finger Tendons
Women doing yoga Photo Credit Jeff Randall/Photodisc/Getty Images

Your tendons keep you moving. Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones or to other muscles, and are responsible for transmitting movement impulses from the muscles to the rest of the body. Tendons in your fingers are essential for fine motor skills involving your hands and even simple activities that require bending your fingers, but they can be rendered stiff or sore by repetitive stress. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a repetitive stress disorder affecting finger tendons and nerves. Fortunately, a number of simple, time-tested home remedies may help you loosen stiff finger tendons -- but consult your physician before trying them out.

Topical Remedies

Topical treatments are an easy way for you to ease the discomfort of stiff or injured tendons. A traditional treatment for tendon stiffness is to apply a paste of iodized salt and cider vinegar to the affected area. Drs. John Wilson and Thomas Best of the University of Wisconsin Medical School recommend another old-fashioned home remedy: applying ice to overused tendons to reduce swelling.

Hand and Finger Exercises

Stretching is a time-honored way to alleviate stiffness and a proven way to deal with stiff or irritated tendons in your fingers. A couple of specific hand exercises that can increase tendon flexibility in your hands and fingers include gently forming a fist with your affected hand and flexing your fingers so their tips touch the base of your palm. If your tendon stiffness was caused by traumatic injury, consult your physician before doing any exercises.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Traditional solutions to minor ailments sometimes involve avoiding the conditions that trigger and aggravate them. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center a few simple lifestyle changes can help alleviate or prevent tendon problems and stress in your fingers caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Wearing a wrist brace at night, not sleeping on your hands and taking regular breaks when doing repetitive work with your hands and fingers can all help ease discomfort and stiffness in your hands.

Yoga

The ancient Indian practice of yoga has been shown to ease discomfort and improve grip strength in those affected by carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries. Yoga reduces stress, tension and muscle rigidity, all of which can aggravate hand stiffness. Poses that require balancing your weight on your hands, such as the downward dog pose, however, can aggravate stiff or injured hands, so avoid them.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.