Hand Brace for Your Hurting Hand
Considerations in using a hand brace
If your hand hurts or is bothered by numbness or even tingling, then you may have one of several conditions that affect the hand and wrist. You may have a simple sprain, or you may have a more severe condition like wrist tendinitis. At the far end of the spectrum, you may also think about carpal tunnel, which is much more serious. In any case, you will need a hand brace as the first line of defense to combat these conditions.
You might have heard the term “brace” and “splint” used interchangeably. In fact, they are different. A hand splint refers to a device that immobilizes the wrist. A hand brace supports the wrist in the neutral (straight) position. For practical purposes, there is little difference between the two terms, so we’ll use “brace” here.
When to use a hand brace
In most instances a hand brace is useful for a wrist’s natural healing process. That’s because it lets the wrist joint rest. Rest is the first thing any damaged tissue (tendon, joint, etc.) should do. No hand brace is intended to (or will ever) take the pain away. Actually, there are many cases in which a brace obstructs the healing process and makes the situation even more painful.
Almost every problem the body may have can be healed by simple rest. And that’s what a hand brace provides. Rest is the body’s best defense against injury and disease. For example, when you’re ill or injured, you often feel tired. That’s because your body is telling your brain to temporarily shut down so that it can start the process of restoration (healing).
Unfortunately, in today’s busy world you cannot let your hands just dangle all day. They must work, and we need our hands for just about everything — and all the time. If you wear a brace while using your hands, your hand will unconsciously fight the brace, making the wrist work harder, and therefore making the problem worse. Thus, a hand brace that immobilizes the wrist can be harmful. In contrast, moving a hurting wrist around even just a little encourages restorative blood flow and fluid drainage. Such movements also keep adhesions from forming deep inside the wrist joint. Keeping the wrist joint stationary during the day provides none of those benefits, which is why you should brace a hand only sparingly during the day.
Hand brace at night
If you already have hand or wrist pain then always wear a hand brace at night while you sleep. When we sleep, we unconsciously over-bend our hand. Hyper-flexing and hyper-extending our hand does tremendous damage inside the wrist joint. But a hand brace will prevent that while we sleep, and it’s the best way to rest the hand. This is especially important with carpal tunnel syndrome. And that’s why a carpal tunnel brace is necessary when you have this condition. Most people find night bracing uncomfortable – at least at first. However, the uncomfortable feeling will disappear soon. You won’t even know you’re wearing a brace after a few nights.
Hand brace during the day
As mentioned above, it’s nearly impossible for us to rest our hands and wrists 100 percent of the time. We are always doing something with our hands. Thus, it’s best to not wear a hand brace during the day so it does not fight the immobilization. This produces an isometric maneuver (against a solid object) which is very bad for the healing process. Therefore, more damage ensues because your tissues work harder against the immovable brace. And that’s why many doctors now recommend against bracing constantly (day and night) because it can result in muscle wasting of your hand.
The bottom line is that you should only wear a hand brace sparingly during the day. And if you do, wear it when doing excessive lifting or hand movements. The brace will limit over-extending your wrist. But certainly wear a brace all night long while you sleep.
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.