Wrist and Hand Pain


Wrist and hand pain can  affect daily living activities. It may occur as the result of an injury (similar to ankle sprain). It can occur due to sports, manual jobs, 

It may manifest as tingling, pain, heat, 'trapped nerve', discomfort with certain movements, burning, swelling and/or inflammation. The pain may originate in the hand, elbow, arm, shoulder or neck! 

Each wrist contains 8 bones and the hand contains 19. All these bones form joints which need to be kept moving. The muscles that operate the hand and fingers are going to be tight and usually respond to Remedial Massage giving greater freedom in movement. It can occur due to repetitive motions Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or as a result of arthritic conditions. The pain may be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some muscles originate as far up as the elbow, others begin and end in the hand. Working these muscles and mobilising these joints can be soothing as well as beneficial.

Post-fracture - once your cast has come off, massage can help the circulation greatly and help the movement come back. Wrist joints can be very stiff when they come out of a cast and doing exercises can be so painful. Having a Remedial Massage is recommended and the therapist can advise you as to the best exercises and self massage techniques to aid in your recovery.

The body will try to compensate using the elbow, shoulder, neck and upper back to keep the wrist and hand pain free and functional. When the wrist and hand have become painful it means that the body has lost the ability to compensate and needs help. This means that the muscles and joints in your back are stiff and tight and need massage and mobilising. The upper back is designed to move frequently but due to modern day life the requirement for the back to move is minimal, therefore there is more pressure on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand to do their job.

The nerve supply to the wrist and hand comes from the neck so coming for some Osteopathy may be a good idea!


  • reduces muscle spasm so encourages balance in joints.
  • relieves pain
  • with less pain, joints can be used more
  • increases movement ensuring that synovial fluid is secreted, which is essential for a healthy joint as the articular cartilage does not have a blood supply.
  • keeps joints mobile which helps to prevent arthritis.
  • increases blood flow to the structures of the joint
  • increases drainage.
  • also helps via the special sensory receptors around the joint telling the brain where the joint is, in terms of space and the movement it is capable of producing.

If pain persists, reflexology or shiatsu may help as the whole body is worked either through the feet, in Reflexology or via the energy meridians in Shiatsu. Specific points on the feet or in the meridians can be worked to ease wrist and hand pain.