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Guitar Wrist Pain and Guitar Tendonitis Treatments

Guitar Wrist Pain and Guitar Tendonitis Treatments

As a guitarist, are you experiencing pain due to consistent guitar playing? Guitar Tendonitis may occur if you play a guitar professionally or strictly for leisure purposes. Tendonitis is common among tennis players, golfers, pitchers, swimmers, jumpers, and guitarists. Symptoms may include a dull ache, tenderness, or mild swelling. This is generally caused by repetitive use of the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, or heels. Most cases can be resolved through natural methods such as rest and stretching.

Understanding Dupuytren's Contracture and Its Treatment

Understanding Dupuytren's Contracture and Its Treatment

Dupuytren’s contracture, also called “Viking’s Disease,” is a condition of the hand affecting the underlying palm tissue. It is not the same as Dupuytren’s Disease, which can affect other parts of the body. As Dupuytren’s contracture slowly progresses, the palmar fascia gets thicker and shortens, ultimately forming fibrous cords beneath the skin, constricting the tendons and causing one or more fingers to bend inward toward the palm.

This condition often takes years to develop. One of the first signs of Dupuytren’s is a thickening of palm tissue. In time, you may notice puckering or dimples in the thickened tissue. Small knots of eventually form beneath the skin of your palm. These lumps are not especially painful, but they may hurt when pressed. The lumps slowly grow into cords that extend along the palm of your hand and up into the fingers. The ring and pinky fingers are the most often affected. You may lose your grip strength and have trouble holding onto objects.

Understanding Gamer's Thumb, Prevention, and Treatment

Understanding Gamer's Thumb, Prevention, and Treatment

Gamer's Thumb involves the inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath or tunnel (called the synovium) that surrounds the two tendons that control movement of the thumb. You may hear it referred to as flexor tenosynovitis, stenosing tenosynovitis, de Quervain's tenosynovitis (dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis), or de Quervain syndrome.

Two common stenosing tenosyonvitis diagnoses are:

  • DeQuervain's Syndrome - this involves the first dorsal compartment of the wrist
  • Trigger finger - this occurs when a fibrous nodule develops in the digital flexor tendon
Ginger-Infused Spicy Grapefruit Juice

Ginger-Infused Spicy Grapefruit Juice

Achieve grapefruit pluperfection* in five easy steps. You will need: grapefruit juice (we used Trader Joe's Organic Pink Grapefruit Juice), fresh ginger, ground cayenne pepper, and Tajin. (*It's a real word, and it means "beyond perfect." My vocab coach, Val Kilmer taught it to me... Okay, fine, he said it in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it became one of my favorite words ever.)

5 Key Moves: How to Foam Roll to Prevent Tennis Elbow

5 Key Moves: How to Foam Roll to Prevent Tennis Elbow

What is tennis elbow? OrthoInfo describes the condition in the following way:

"Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Not surprisingly, playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. However, several other sports and activities can also put you at risk."

The five recommended foam rolling exercises include wrist extensors, wrist flexors, pronators, supinators, and palms.

Understanding Trigger Finger and Trigger Finger Exercises

Understanding Trigger Finger and Trigger Finger Exercises

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that causes one of your fingers to remain stuck in a bent position. Another term for trigger finger is stenosing tenosynovitis (stuh-NO-sing ten-o-sin-o-VIE-tis). Your finger might straighten out with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released (MayoClinic.org).

What Causes Trigger Finger?

Inflammation will cause a narrowing of the space within the sheath surrounding the tendon in the afflicted finger. If severe, this finger can remain locked in a bent position.

Who is at Risk?

Women, those with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, and those working in jobs with repetitive gripping actions are at highest risk for developing trigger finger.

Do Foam Rollers Really Work?

Do Foam Rollers Really Work?

In prehab, rehab, and training environments foam rollers are used to restore muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and soft-tissue extensibility. A recent study involving passive ankle dorsiflexion in 11 adolescent athletes,  concluded that combining foam rolling with static stretching provided the greatest effect on the range of motion in an athlete. The study concluded that there was an increase in range of motion of 6.2% when only static stretching was done and an increase of 9.1% when static stretching was combined with foam rolling. So, though all three cases (static stretching, foam rolling, and foam rolling plus static stretching)all led to acute increases in flexibility, it was the additive effect of foam rolling and static stretching that showed the best improvement in range of motion for these athletes.

Because flexibility is associated with arterial distensibility, researchers have also been interested in looking into foam rolling and arterial stiffness. Another recent study showed that foam rolling reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function.

2015 Yoga Challenges - A Look Back

2015 Yoga Challenges - A Look Back

We're honored that so many great Instagram yoga challenge hosts contacted us and that we were able to participate and be a part of these inspiring and fun journeys. We're looking forward to another year of sponsoring your challenges! Please join us in taking a stroll down memory lane and look at some random pics from #HarvestEnergy, #YogawithmyFurMonster, #MyPlanksgiving, #BacktotheFutureYoga, #12DaysofYogiChristmas, and #DecktheWallswithYoga

 

The Brand Created Over WhatsApp - Celebrating 1 Year of eCommerce

The Brand Created Over WhatsApp - Celebrating 1 Year of eCommerce

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With the arrival of October 2015 we are pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of RistRoller.com! Sure, twelve months of eCommerce is very special; however, the most important thing is that we've made a never-before-seen product that has helped people feel better!

Yoga For Hope San Diego 2015

Yoga For Hope San Diego 2015

 

We were recently asked to be a vendor at Yoga for Hope in San Diego. Yoga for Hope is an event that is put on by City of Hope, a nonprofit with a new model for cancer centers -- they are focused on rapidly transforming scientific discoveries into both better treatments and better prevention strategies for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. In addition to treatment, patients and their families are offered gentle, restorative yoga classes for well-being and relaxation.

5 Tips: How to Choose a Foam Roller

5 Tips: How to Choose a Foam Roller

Exercise is a big part of maintaining and reclaiming health. Foam rolling now goes hand in hand (no Rist RollerTM pun intended) with both preparing for regular exercise and the healing process of rehabilitation. Foam rolling is simply a self-myofascial release (SMR) process; it helps release restrictions based on the amount of body pressure you use when rolling. Additionally, the amount of pressure you'll feel will depend on the density of the foam you are using.

On the Go - Carpal Tunnel Exercises for the Office

On the Go - Carpal Tunnel Exercises for the Office

We love finding effective wrist exercises that you can do anywhere -- at your desk, in the ladies room, in the elevator... Below are a couple that we've used. Why not spend a few minutes on your break keeping your wrists healthy? Please share your favorite exercises with us on Facebook