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Question
Hi,

I am feeling numbness in my little finger and half of the ring finger although there is no pain in my hand.What do you advise for relieving these symptoms?

Regards,
Rahul

Answer
Hello Rahul,

Numbness indicates that there is pressure on nerves.  The pressure might be in your hand, your lower or upper arm or even your ribs.  Tight muscles can cause pressure on nerves and so can bones. Most often, muscles are to blame.

Start seeking out tender areas in your lower arm.  The tendons of the fingers run almost up to your elbow so examine and explore the whole lower arm.  If you find tender areas as you examine and press on the muscles in your lower arm, pay attention to whether they refer into your area of numbness.  Do they cause it to be more or less?

Those tender areas could be the cause of the numbness.  If you relax the tight muscles that are causing tenderness to pressure, you will also get rid of the cause of the numbness.

Massage any tight, tender areas by rubbing, pinching or lifting the muscle.  Manipulate or massage the muscles to increase circulation and help them relax.  

If the muscles in your ribs were involved, I would expect that you would also complain about the rib area.

I hope this helps you get rid of the numbness in your little finger and ring finger.

Thank you for writing,

Kathryn

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Kathryn Merrow

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I can respond to questions about migraines and headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand-wrist-arm pain, upper back pain, and other assorted and miscellaneous pain symptoms. I can also respond to general questions about massage and how to select a massage therapist.

Experience

I have been a massage therapist since 1992 specializing primarily in pain relief techniques. I utilize the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) and other bodywork modalities. I'm The Pain Relief Coach online.

Organizations
Professional Member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB)

Publications
http://www.CarpalTunnelPainRelief.com http://www.SimplePainRelief.com http://www.SimpleBackPainRelief.com http://www.SimpleStrengthening.com http://www.KathrynMerrow.com

Education/Credentials
My initial training in massage was at Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Michigan. I have had advanced training or workshops with Kurashova Institute for Studies in Physical Medicine, St. John Neuromuscular Institute of Pain Relief, Center for Self-Healing and many others. I now share my education and experience as a Massage Instructor and Pain Relief Coach.

Awards and Honors
The highest honor I receive is when someone tells me that they finally understand why they had pain, that they took action and that their pain is either less or is totally gone.

Past/Present Clients
I have done well over 20,000 therapeutic massage sessions, primarily with clients with various types of pain or painful syndromes.

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