The human body is an amazing connected machine. This is a double-edged sword though. Trigger points in your forearm can lead to pain in your elbows, wrists, hands, and even fingers. I’m going to share a couple of forearm self-massage techniques you can use to relieve the muscle tension and pain.
I share two self-massage techniques in the video above. One requires a fair bit of hand strength while the other relies on body weight and a ball to get the job done. While I use both myself, the technique with the ball is easier to do regularly.
It’s much easier to watch the video to see how the technique is applied than for me to explain it. However, a few points to remember while doing your forearm self-massage. The first is to use short, slow, deliberate strokes. You want to imagine ironing out the muscles.
Next, you want to make sure that the muscles stay under pressure. If your muscles are very tight, it’s easy for them to pop out from between the ball and your bone. You have to maintain attention while massaging to make sure the muscle you’re working stays sandwiched between the bone and the ball.
Lastly, consistency is key. You need to massage your forearms regularly throughout the day for several days up to a few weeks to make sure they’ve really released. You won’t get any lasting results with a massage once every 3 days for two weeks. Keep at it till you really affect the muscles!
If you want more self-massage goodness, check out The Trigger Point Therapy Manual by Clair Davies. It’s my go-to reference for this sort of thing.