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The health benefits of hand massages

Relaxing hand massages, tea, coffee, cakes and a good natter were all enjoyed recently by the residents at The Adelphi, housing with support, situated in the centre of Harrogate.

Sheena Van Parys and the team from Home Instead were joined by mobile beauty therapist Nicole Inggall from ‘Gorgeous on the Go’ who pampered the residents with complimentary relaxing hand massages and manicures.

Although very relaxing, reports have shown that receiving a hand massage can provide you with significant health benefits. Hand massage typically is quick, relaxing and provides you with immediate health benefits, such as improved finger and wrist range of motion, enhanced circulation and reduction of your trigger points—hyperirritable nodules—in your hand muscles.

A study has also found that if you suffer from chronic arthritis in your hand, regular hand and wrist massage can reduce your pain and improve your grip strength. But those without arthritis can also benefit from the pain-reducing effects of hand massage too. If you use your hands for repetitive tasks, such as typing, and you regularly experience pain or cramping, a hand massage can help.

Improved circulation is one of the most important health benefits of massage therapy. Stimulating circulation in your hands is important, especially if you suffer from a condition such as Raynaud's phenomenon—a painful condition of your fingers, toes and other areas—which is believed to be caused by a sharp and persistent contraction of a blood vessel, causing a marked reduction in blood flow to your fingers.

Improving circulation in your hand is also important following surgery or after an injury, such as ligament sprains and muscle strains. Improved circulation to your injured tissues helps speed your healing by bringing more nutrients to the area of injury and removing the harmful metabolic byproducts that tend to accumulate in your tissues following trauma

Hand massage helps loosen tight hand muscles, reduces scar tissue and adhesions that cause decreased finger and wrist mobility, and improves your hand's various ranges of motion and flexibility. Trigger finger is one injury that responds particularly well to massage therapy. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a trigger finger occurs when your ability to move the tendon that opens and closes your finger is reduced, causing your finger to lock or catch when you extend it.

Home Instead is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day or live-in, seven days a week.

To contact Home Instead in Harrogate call: 01423 774490, Ripon call: 01765 530400 and for Thirsk call: 01845 440510. For more information about Home Instead please visit: www.homeinstead.co.uk

To Contact ‘Gorgeous on the Go’ call 07765223176 or visit www.gorgeousonthego.co.uk