Dupuytren's contracture is a thickening of tendons in the fingers, causing one or more bumps in the hand and bending of the fingers. It affects the ability to use the fingers involved, because they can not straighten completely. If allowed to progress and worsen, it can get so extreme, that the fingers become so bent that they become almost useless.
Figure is from https://www.webmd.com/arthriti...
Can you see how thickening of the tendons shorten them, causing the finger to bend?
This can be reversed naturally with stretching and self massaging several times a day.
Chiropractic can help by adjusting the fingers, which improves their range of motion. To see a hand/wrist adjustment, CLICK HERE.
We also work on the muscles in the forearm. The tendons in the hand are the tendons of the muscles located in the forearm. If they are tight, they cause pressure in the tendons in the hand, contributing to the forces that thicken the tissue.
Our chiropractors are Graston trained specialists. Graston therapy breaks up adhesions, including those involved with Dupuytren's contracture. To learn about GRASTON CLICK HERE.
Self treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture
Before you try any home remedy, confirm with your chiropractor that it is appropriate for your specific condition.
1. Heat the palm and forearm affected.
2. Stretch and massage the muscles in the forearm and hand. This stretching should take less than five minutes. It's not about the duration of the stretching, but the frequency. Be sure to stretch just to the point of feeling the stretch. If you are feeling it, you are healing it. If you are straining, you may be causing more harm than good. The following video demonstrates how to perform some stretching and massage.
3. If needed, briefly ice (less than a minute) the points of pain are if the self treatment causes the tissues to inflame. Wrapping half an ice cub a wash cloth (so not to freeze your hand while applying the ice), but the exposed part of the ice on the points of pain in a circular massaging motion at the points of pain, again for less than a minute. Remember, a little bit of inflammation is good, as it is part of the healing process, but too much inflammation can cause more harm than good.
4. Repeat at least 3 times a day.
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To see how we adjust the wrist, watch:
To adjust the fingers, we usually use a quick pulling motion.
I hope this has been helpful and encourages you to give us a call to see how we can help you.
Chiropractic Hand Specialists
565 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 336 - 2423