Re: They do not hurt at all

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Posted by kenzi on August 14, 2002 at 17:25:17:

In reply to: Re: They do not hurt at all posted by Lauren on August 14, 2002 at 16:25:35:

As I said in my above message, you can build up to longer term
use of the j-bottle so that it doesn't cause pain. I don't think that
embroidery is the kind of action that will make your hand
stronger for j-bottle use. Try making your paste thinner and
definitely strain your paste.

If you do find yourself cramping up there is a solution. The
cramping occurs because your muscles contract in order to
squeeze the bottle; repeated contraction is what causes this
pain. The solution is to extend this muscle. the technique I use
is one taught to me by a client who is a physical therapist. the
movement is basically massaging your thumb muscles and
lengthening them. Grasp your thumb all the way down at the
base near where it meets your wrist; grasp your thumb like it is a
cow's teat and you are milking it. Squeeze and massage gently
while you pull on the thumb towards the tip of your thumb, again
like you are milking your thumb. Do it a few times, each time
turning your massaging hand so that your thumb is putting
pressure on a different side of your massaged thumb.

I hope this makes sense and helps you if you ever use j-bottles


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