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March 31, 2021 3 min read

You dream and you worked hard for it, and there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing yourself happily accomplished with the career path you’ve always wanted, reaping all the fruits of your labor, and realizing a time well spent. In contrast, ending any of your accomplishments can be a momentum stopper and dream wrecker.

De Quervain’s Stenosing Tenosynovitis! What a long and very technical name that is! But as long as the term is as long as the time you’ve put on to acquire such a debilitating thumb ache!

Increased computer and mobile phone use and video gaming on consoles, controllers, and keyboards have become increasingly popular. It allows us to connect from people and places near and far, as well as get the chance to enjoy innovations and technology first hand. But as much as these can give you the fun and enjoyment is as much as you risk yourself from getting a Gamer’s Thumb, especially if you get to stick to it for too long.

If you’re a gamer and you’re starting to feel some aching and tenderness at the outside of your wrist just below the base of your thumb, then it is likely that you’ve got yourself a Gamer’s Thumb. While doing some hand and thumb stretching and exercises, and taking regular breaks from gaming can help, using the Recovapro vibration therapy can boost it all up and help you tackle a Gamer’s Thumb more effectively.

How to Fix Gamer’s Thumb with RECOVAPRO

A study proposed that the predisposing factor for the development of De Quervain’s Stenosing Tenosynovitis, or the Gamer's Thumb, is the naturally small size of the involved muscles with inadequate blood supply. Exercise may provide sufficient blood to these muscles but combining it with Recovapro’s vibration therapy can greatly enhance blood flow  and so provides various benefits:

  • It washes away pain substances as well as excess fluids that cause swelling
  • It provides oxygen and nutrients needed for healing
  • It softens/treats scars and adhesions
  • It promotes the growth of new tendon tissues

How to Use a Recovapro Massage Gun for Gamer’s Thumb

The goal of treatment for Gamer’s Thumb is to break the thickening that formed within the tendon sheath. Here’s exactly how to use a massage gun for Gamer’s Thumb:

If the spot is still tender to touch, icing can be done before massage gun application to minimize discomfort and allow for deeper pressure and more effective mobilization.

  1. Using the round head attachment, turn on the massage gun and select a low speed (level 1) for better control.
  2. Gently glide the gun, moving side to side along the tendon on the thumb side of the wrist and sweeping lightly and gradually increasing pressure according to your tolerance. This shouldn’t cause any pain or discomfort.
  3. Move the gun up the forearm on the outside and front to work on the muscle bellies, gliding side to side and up and down.
  4. Turn off the device and then gently stretch the tendons by bending the thumb across the palm, placing the fingers over the thumb, and moving the wrist towards your little finger. Hold for a few 15 to 30 seconds before going back to the starting position.
  5. After a session, it is beneficial to apply ice over the area for at least 5 minutes to minimize any inflammatory reaction to the workup.

Warning–avoid applying too much pressure at a spot just above the wrist on the outer side to avoid pressing on the nerves and blood vessels that pass through the “anatomical snuffbox.”

 


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