CHARLOTTE – Trigger finger: What is it and what can we do about it? My mother-in-law was a hairdresser and I remember seeing her finger decide that it was not going to bend. It was uncomfortable but she would eventually get it to let go and become partners with the rest of her fingers. Lately, I’ve seen more and more people have it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a trigger finger is described as a condition in which a finger gets stuck in a bent position and then snaps straight. A trigger finger occurs when the tendon in the affected finger becomes irritated. Those most at risk are women, people with diabetes or arthritis, and people whose regular activities strain their hands. Symptoms include stiffness, a popping or clicking sensation, and tenderness in the affected finger. Triggering is usually worse in the morning. Treatment includes splinting, medications, and surgery.
Will massage help? Since it’s tendon related, probably. If the tendon is irritated then massage should help relax the muscles around it/attached to it. It’s important to go slow and be methodical in massaging around the area. You can also self-massage your finger as well. I would massage around the finger in question, including joints. I’d cover it by massaging it top to bottom and on all sides of the finger. You too can take some olive oil or coconut oil, put a little on your hand and massage it into all of your fingers and palms, with a concentration on the finger in question.
-Lisa Lane (#13098) is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in Mint Hill. To book an appointment please visit www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com.