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Wrist Pain Relief

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 07/22/2016

Today, I have some incredible wrist pain relief techniques to share with you. Wrist pain can really set you back; it can make simple tasks next to impossible. Maybe you have struggled with a condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, or perhaps you had an old sprain that continues to cause you pain—you're in the right place. Try these simple techniques, and I think you'll be surprised at how much they help.

In this article: -

  1. What Causes Wrist Pain?
  2. Conventional Wrist Pain Relief
  3. Wrist Pain Techniques

Woman grabbing computer mouse with wrist pain | Wrist Pain Relief


What Causes Wrist Pain?

Wrist pain can be a symptom of many different things:

Arthritis - Many types of arthritis can affect the joints in your wrists. Arthritis of the wrist can have symptoms such as weakness, stiffness, a limited range of motion, and mild to severe pain. Some forms of arthritis are due to excessive use of the joint, while other types are due to an autoimmune disease that causes the body to break down your joints.

Carpal tunnel syndrome - Carpal tunnel syndrome is extremely common. The compression of the median nerve is the cause of carpal tunnel. This can happen when you spend too much time using a mouse and keyboard or make other repetitive wrist motions without stretching. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, tingling, and numbness.

Tendinitis and De Quervain's disease - Tendinitis is a condition where your tendons become inflamed. This can be caused by overuse or trauma to a tendon. De Quervain's disease is a form of tendinitis that affects the tendon that's attached to your thumb and wrist. Many people develop tendinitis because of typing on a computer or other repeated use of the wrist and thumb.

Sprains - Wrist sprains or other wrist injuries can continue to cause pain for decades. Tension tends to build up in areas of an old injury. So if you have a lot of pain in a wrist that you sprained in the past, this could be a symptom of built-up tension.

Swelling - There are a lot of reasons you can experience swelling in your wrist. Often, swelling happens because of vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins work as natural anti-inflammatories. Not only can swelling restrict your movement, but you can also experience some serious wrist pain.

Digestive issues - Though it seems unrelated, problems with your digestive tract are a huge cause for wrist pain. This is because of a nerve called the phrenic nerve. The phrenic nerve connects from the gallbladder all the way to your shoulders, which connects to your wrists. I'll show you how you can fix this common problem in a moment.


Conventional Wrist Pain Relief

When you go to a doctor for wrist pain, they often recommend that you wear a wrist splint to help with the pain. This can help some people, but it's not a long-term solution. Not only can splints weaken your wrist and restrict your movement, but the wrist joint pain comes right back the moment you take off the splint.

Others recommend physical therapy, radiation therapy, and surgeries. These types of "treatments" simply don't work for most people. This causes many to have to rely on drugs for pain relief.

What I recommend is that you fix the real underlying problem. In many cases, the real problem is with either tension or digestion (and sometimes both). I'm going to give you some fantastic techniques that will help with pain in your wrist. It may even help add a lot of strength back to your wrist, so you don't have to wear a wrist brace or take pain killers just to make it through your morning routine.

Man with carpal tunnel stretching wrist for pain relief | Wrist Pain Relief


Wrist Pain Techniques

Here are my best techniques for relieving pain in your wrists. I recommend that you rate your pain level and stiffness before and after each of these techniques. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most amount of pain and stiffness and 1 being the least), rate these symptoms and write it down. This will make pinpointing the issue much easier. Take a look.

Gallbladder Massage Technique

The first thing you should look at when you experience wrist pain is your digestion. Why? Because an incredibly common cause of pain in the wrist, arms, and shoulders is the phrenic nerve. The phrenic nerve spans from your shoulders down into your abdomen, where your gallbladder is.

When your gallbladder is sluggish or you have gallstones, you can experience deferred pain—meaning you feel it in your wrist, but it's actually a gallbladder issue. What I recommend for this is a simple gallbladder massage. Here's how it works:

  • Place your hand just below the ribcage on the right side of your abdomen.
  • Apply pressure (you may feel some discomfort if your gallbladder is the problem)
  • Hold for 1-2 minutes and massage the area around the gallbladder

After this technique, you should immediately test and write down your pain levels

The "Opposite" Technique

If you have an injury or condition that affects your wrist, try the "opposite" technique. This involves massaging your forearm and wrist of the opposite arm. For instance, if you have pain in your right wrist, you want to do this massage to your left arm.

Why? Because your nerves are connected. When you have pain your right wrist, it's often because of tension in your left wrist. It gets worse and worse because you keep using the wrist that doesn't hurt—even though it's the problem in the first place. You may have a lot of tenderness when massaging the opposite arm.

Though you can do this technique on your own, it can help to have someone massage your arm for you. Here's how it works:

  • Find out which wrist has the most pain
  • Massage the wrist and forearm of the opposite arm (all the way up into the elbow)
  • Do this for at least 2 minutes
  • Repeat on the opposite arm if both wrists have pain

After trying this technique, test the pain and flexibility of your wrist again.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Wrist pain can happen when the body has a vitamin and mineral deficiency. Vitamins and minerals are essential for repairing body tissue, protecting joints and tendons, and fighting off excessive inflammation.

What is one of the most common causes of deficiencies? Poor digestion. When your digestive system isn't working right, it cannot break down nutrients for your body to use. Instead, the nutrients pass through the body unused.

I recommend using apple cider vinegar. Why? Because apple cider vinegar naturally increases your stomach's acidity. Your stomach needs to be highly acidic to break down nutrients. Have you had problems with indigestion or heartburn? This is actually a sign of low stomach acidity!

I also recommend doing Healthy Keto. Healthy Keto gives your body the right amount of nutrients it needs to help support healthy tendons, muscles, and joints. Learn more about Healthy Keto here.

Try these simple wrist pain relief techniques and see if they work for you.

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