HAND AND WRIST HEALTH
How do your wrists feel? Are they a little tired or sore from all of the work from home work(computer, iphone or stirring)? Our hands perform a variety of tasks every day, from gripping a steering wheel to typing on a keyboard. These repetitive motions can create weakness and stiffness in your wrists, hands and fingers. As a nail technologist, it’s my thumbs!
Practicing simple exercises can help prevent injury. Exercises can strengthen your wrists and keep your hands and fingers flexible. So here are a couple you can try right now:
Always speak with your doctor before attempting new stretches or treatments. It’s important to determine the exact cause of your wrist pain FIRST.
While standing, place your palms together in a praying position.
Have your elbows touch each other. Your hands should be in front of your face. Your arms should be touching each other from the tips of your fingers to your elbows.
With your palms pressed together, slowly spread your elbows apart. Do this while lowering your hands to waist height. Stop when your hands are in front of your belly button or you feel the full stretch.
Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat.
Next, extend one arm in front of you at shoulder height.
Keep your palm down, facing the floor. Release your wrist so that your fingers point downward.
With your free hand, gently grasp your fingers and pull them back toward your body.
Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
How does that feel? Remember take it slow and never cause yourself any pain.
Until next time. GRACE & PEACE
WHAT IS PARAFFIN MANICURE?
Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons.
It’s often used in skin-softening salon and spa treatments on the hands, cuticles, and feet because it’s colorless, tasteless, and odorless(scented paraffins come in a wide variety of scents). It can also be used to provide pain relief to sore joints and muscles.
Paraffin wax has many other uses, too. It’s often used as lubrication, electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons.
Paraffin wax is often applied to the hands and/or feet at around 100 degrees. The wax is a natural emollient, helping make skin supple and soft. When applied to the skin, it adds moisture and continues to boost the moisture levels of the skin after the treatment is complete. It can also be very soothing.
It can also help open pores and remove dead skin cells. That may help make the skin look fresher and feel smoother. An exfoliating scrub may be used along with this moisturizing treatment.
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- other joint mobility issues
It acts like a form of heat therapy and can help increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness. Paraffin wax can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammation as well as treat sprains.
You should not use paraffin wax if you have:
- poor blood circulation
- numbness in your hands or feet
- any rashes or open sores
The cost of a paraffin wax treatment varies greatly by salon. It generally takes around 15 – 30 minutes.