Thumb Joint Pain Relief

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You can fix your own thumb joint pain, in most cases. I'm going walk you through the 3 Simple Steps that should provide the relief you are seeking.

Everyday activities like computing, driving, holding an iPad for hours on end, or texting can often be the cause of the problem; as well as specific repetitive tasks or trauma to the area. Either way, I'll show you how to fix it, and once you know, you can do the techniques whenever you want.

Just follow along with the videos below, take your time, and you'll most likely be pleasantly surprised that you can actually fix yourself.

The 3 videos for Thumb Joint Pain Relief are below on this page.
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Intro,  Video 1,  Video 2,  Video 3 .




Pain Relief Success Story, From Riva:

"You are my new favorite person in the world. I've had pain at the base of my thumbs for YEARS…which I was able to release by following along with your video... Thank you so much for your instructive and helpful videos." Riva, United States 

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This short introductory video is a great place to start. It will give you a good overview of how to get the most out of this website and help you get the best possible results from the videos below.
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Intro,  Video 1,  Video 2,  Video 3 .

*Please Watch This Short Video First. Thanks.

Please visit the techniques page now, if you haven't already. The techniques are extremely simple, but being familiar with them will vastly improve the effectiveness of what we do below.

On the homepage I describe…in detail…the 3 Simple Steps and the 4 Basic Facts about your body that make it possible for you to provide your own joint pain relief. It's good to know why what you're about to do actually works, but it's not required, so I'll leave that decision to you. There's a 95% chance that you......like thousands upon thousands of others.....can provide your own thumb joint pain relief, so let's get to it.


Detailed Instructions For
Thumb Joint Pain Relief

Important - FEEL FREE TO ONLY WATCH THE VIDEOS AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH WHAT I DEMONSTRATE. The text is there to support the videos if you need more clarification.

Also, in the future you may only need to do one or two techniques to get instant thumb joint pain relief, but you've got to go through the whole sequence to find your individual pain treatment. Pay attention to which of these specific techniques works best to relieve your thumb joint pain.



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Intro,  Video 1,  Video 2,  Video 3 .

Step 1 - End Muscle Attachment Inflammation



Thumb joint pain relief can often be simple if you are just shown the correct techniques. Be patient with yourself……take your time……and most likely you'll be pleasantly surprised with your results.

Here's what we're going to do:

A. Release Thumb Joints -

Bend your thumb back and forth in the way that makes your thumb joint pain occure. Notice where the tension is that restricts the movement of the joint. If it's on the top of the joint, we'll start there. If it's on the side of the joint, we'll start there, etc.

If the thumb joint pain is primarily in the knuckle from some type of trauma, then this is a very important technique for you. If the injury has had sufficient time to heal and the knuckle is still painful to bend then do this Step 1A thoroughly and you should notice great results just from doing this one technique.

If the thumb knuckles themselves are not restricted and painful, you can move on to the next technique.

Wherever the tension is, press on the tissue (which should be tender) and do the press-hold-move technique by opening and closing the joint. And then do some of the press-pull-release technique on the same spot to mix things up a bit.

If you are working on the sides of your thumb, it can be a bit painful, but it's worth it. I know, I've had to do this to myself more than once over the years when I've jammed my knuckle. More than once, it wouldn't seem to heal all the way without a little help, and this did the trick.

Take your time, and be willing to take a break and come back to work the joint. It will let go, but knuckles can be a bit stubborn at times after they've been injured.

Once you've released one area, retest and notice if the tension is now felt in a different spot. Then repeat the steps above.

Keep retesting until there is no more tissue restricting the movement of the joint.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this one technique provided.

B. Release Thumb Muscles in Palm Of Hand -

Take your thumb that is not experiencing thumb joint pain and press it into the fleshy part of your palm that connects to your thumb. Take your fingertips and place them on the other side of your thumb/hand so you press from both sides of your hand working with the tissue.

Start with the tissue along the edge of your thumb bone and slowly work your way outward to the middle of your hand while you do the press-hold-move technique and the press-pull-release technique on any tender tissue.

Now move to the tissue that makes the "web" between your thumb and fingers. Grab the tissue from both sides and do the press-hold-move technique and the press-pull-release technique on any tender tissue. Lastly, investigate a bit. Move your thumb in the way that makes it hurt, then press on the palm of your hand to figure out if there is a tight muscle in your palm that makes your thumb move it that particular manner. If yes, do the press-hold-move technique and the press-pull-release technique on that tissue until it releases.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this one technique provided.

C. Release Thumb Muscles in Forearm -

There are thumb muscles in your forearm that need to released.

First, lay your hand with the painful thumb on your lap with your palm facing upward. Now take your thumb from your opposite hand and press it into the thumb side of your lower part of your forearm. Notice any tender spots.

Now do the press-hold-move technique. Press your good thumb into this lower part of your forearm while you move your painful thumb back and forth in a motion where you touch the lowest part of your pinky finger and then open your thumb out as wide as you can. Press on any tender spots while you do this until they release.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this one technique provided.

Second, Lay your hand with the painful thumb on your opposite thigh with the pinky side of your hand resting on your thigh and your thumb side of your hand facing the ceiling. Take your other thumb and press it into the "thumb side" of your lower forearm. And now raise your thumb straight up and down as you do the press-hold-move technique on any tender spots.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this one technique provided.

Third, with your hand still resting on your thigh in the same position, now take your fingertips and press them into the tissue on the other side of forearm bone (what you might consider "the top side of your forearm"). And now raise your thumb straight up and down as you do the press-hold-move technique on any tender spots.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this one technique provided.


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Intro,  Video 1,  Video 2,  Video 3 .

Step 2 - Stop Nerve Pathway Irritation



We need to make sure all the tissue on the C6 nerve pathway……the nerve that comes from the sixth neck vertebrae……is not being yanked, grabbed, or pulled inappropriately on it's way down to your thumb. This is especially important if you notice tingling or numbness in your thumb.

A. Release Back Of Neck -

To begin this neck pain treatment take both of your hands and place your fingertips on the back of your neck. Press your fingertips into the muscle tissue on the back of your neck and notice any tender spots. Remember, tender tissue means the tissue is "too tight," and if this "too tight tissue" is released your pain will often be released along with it.

Now pick one tender spot and do the press-hold-move technique on that one spot by taking your opposite hand from the side the tender tissue is on…..and now reach over the back of your neck to press on the tender tissue. You can then nod "yes" as do the press-hold-move technique, and/or turn your head toward the side of your neck that you are working on.

You can also use the hand-on-hand technique to add more pressure to the press-hold-move technique if it's comfortable for you to do so. But remember, you only want to press on the tissue as hard as you can relax into. Any more than that and you'll just be working against yourself.

Be patient and persistent with each spot, but also feel free to move to another spot on the same side of your neck……or even jump to the opposite side for a bit and release some tender spots over there. This neck pain treatment "quick fix" is very flexible. Eventually, you'll work on all the tender spots, so take your time and even take a break if you need to.

Do both sides of your neck.

Notice how effective this is in reducing your thumb joint pain.

B. Shoulder Neck Release -

First, take your hand from the opposite side of the shoulder you'll be working on and place your fingertips on the top of where your shoulder and neck intersect. Feel around the area from about 6 inches out to the side and about 4 inches down your back and notice any tender tissue.

Now take your fingertips and press on the highest tender spot in the area and do the press-hold-move technique by shrugging your shoulder with your elbow coming up to the height of your shoulder as you do it.

Maintain the pressure with your fingertips on the tender spot while your repeat this motion. Make sure you are feeling the tissue move under your fingertips as you shrug your shoulders. You want to make that muscle move while you press on it so your brain (specifically your cerebellum) knows it must release the tissue.

You may have to do this motion 10 times or more to get the tissue to release. Simply do this on all the tender tissue in the area and when you're done the odds are very high that your neck and shoulder pain will be gone.

If a tender spot is really stubborn, work on another tender spot for a little while and come back. You may even want to work on the other side of your body for a while. When you come back it should release. If it does not you may want to consider doing the 3 Simple Steps on the main neck and shoulder pain relief page, since there may be more muscle groups causing your pain than just the ones we've worked on.

Notice how effective this is in reducing your thumb joint pain.

C. Outer Side of Arm Release -

Take your fingertips from your non-painful hand and place them on your outer upper arm, just below your shoulder muscles. Press on this tissue from your shoulder muscles all the way down to your elbow and notice any tender tissue.

Now do the press-pull-release technique on any tender tissue you find until it releases.

Notice the amount of thumb joint pain relief this provides.

D. Release Elbow Joint -

Take your thumb from the hand that does not hurt and press it into the front outer half of your elbow joint. There is a muscle here called your brachioradialis that can be a factor in causing thumb joint pain.

If it is tender do the press-hold-move technique by bending and straightening your elbow.

You can also add the press-pull-release technique to help this muscle release.

Notice the amount of thumb joint pain relief this provides.

E. Both Sides of Radius Release -

Place your injured thumb hand on your lap with your palm facing upward. Take your other hand press on the outside edge of your forearm, and feel your forearm bone that is on the "thumb side" of your forearm. This is your radius bone.

Next, take your hand and turn it so the pinky side of your hand is resting on your thigh. Feel your radius bone again from the bottom of your thumb up to your elbow.

Now take your other thumb and press it into the muscle tissue along the inner side of the radius bone. Do the press-hold-move technique by raising and lowering your thumb while your press on any tender tissue.

Lastly, take your fingertips and press them into the tissue on the outside edge of your radius bone from the bottom of your painful thumb all the way up to your elbow and notice any tender tissue. Do the press-hold-move technique by raising and lowering your thumb while your press on any tender tissue.

Notice the amount of thumb joint pain relief this technique and all of Step 2 provides for future reference.


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Intro,  Video 1,  Video 2,  Video 3 .

Step 3 - Restore Joint Muscle Balance



Now we just want to make sure the other muscles in the palm of your hand and in your forearm are not negatively affecting your thumb.

Here's what we're going to do:

A. Release Pinky Side Of Palm -

Hold your injured thumb hand in front of you with the palm of your hand facing you. Now take your other thumb and press it into the tissue on the pinky side of your palm. Press around from your wrist out to the edge of your palm and notice any tender tissue.

Now, do the press-hold-move technique while you move your thumb in the way that makes it hurt.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief this technique provides.

B. Forearm Release With Thumb -

All the tendons from your forearms muscles run through your wrist and connect to your hand and fingers. If the big bellies of these forearm muscles are tight then they can be pulling too much on the tendons and create the wrist pain you feel. So we've got to loosen these tight muscles.

Now we'll do the press-hold-move technique.

Take your thumb from your opposite hand and press it into the muscle tissue in your forearm while your arm rests in your lap with your palm facing toward the ceiling. Notice any tender spots, and notice if the entire forearm is tight, which is possible. Even if you have strong forearms you should be able to press into the muscles and they should NOT be tender. Tender means tight, and tight muscles mean they're probably playing a part in making your wrist hurt. Ideally, muscles are strong and flexible, not tight and tender.

Now, begin opening and closing your hand continuously while……at the same time……you are pressing with your thumb into your forearm muscles. You will feel the tight muscles moving under your thumb as they do their job of opening and closing your hand. Take a break when your thumb needs a rest from pushing.

Notice how much thumb joint pain relief has occurred from this one technique.

Repeat this technique one more time before moving on.

C. Forearm Release With Opposite Forearm -

I love this technique! It has served me well for many years. Sometimes you need more pressure than just your thumb can provide to release the muscles in your forearm.

Now we'll do the press-hold-move technique. With the palm of your hand facing the ceiling, lay your forearm on a flat, stable, but cushioned surface. Laying a towel on a kitchen table, chair, stool, or bench is usually fine. Now take your opposite forearm and using about 2 to 3 inches of the flat boney surface just below your elbow, lean over your forearm that is now resting on the table and use your bodyweight to press into the tight tissue in your other forearm……while you open and close the hand on the wrist the hurts.

Pick one tender spot at a time. Then press and release, press and release as you open and close your hand. Do this for a couple minutes, take your time. Then take a break.

Notice if and how much your thumb joint pain has improved.

Repeat this technique one more time before moving on.

D. Top of Forearm Release With Fingertips -

We're going to release the muscles on the "top" side of your forearm (extensor muscles). Place your hand on your lap palm down. The part of your forearm facing the ceiling is what we're calling the "top" of your forearm for this exercise.
Now we'll do the press-hold-move technique. Take your fingertips from your opposite hand and press into the muscle tissue on the top of your forearm while you flex your hand back toward your elbow. Notice any tender spots in the tissue on the top of your forearm (anywhere between the two bones that make up your forearm).
Press on one spot at a time as you flex your wrist back and forth. Take a break after a minute or two.

Notice if your thumb joint pain has improved, and if so, how much it has improved.

Repeat this technique one more time before moving on.

E. Top of Forearm Release With Point of Elbow -

Sometimes you need more pressure than just your fingertips can provide to release the muscles in the top of your forearm.
With the palm of your hand facing down, lay your forearm on a flat, stable, but cushioned surface. Laying a towel on a kitchen table, chair, stool, or bench is usually fine.

Now we'll do the press-hold-move technique. Take your opposite forearm and using the point of your elbow, press into your forearm resting on the table and use your bodyweight to press into the tight tissue in your forearm while you flex your wrist back and forth.

Pick one tender spot at a time. Then press and release, press and release as you flex your wrist back and forth. Do this for a couple minutes, take your time. Then take a break.

Notice if and how much your thumb joint pain has improved.


Self-Assessment For
Thumb Joint Pain Relief

Is your thumb joint pain completely gone? Partially gone?
Which techniques gave you the most pain relief?
Did Step 1, Step 2, or Step 3 work best?
Was there one specific thumb joint pain treatment that instantly relieved your pain? Remember what worked best for you, so you can do that first next time you need it.

Are you still experiencing some thumb pain?
Which muscles are still tender (that means they are too tight!) and could use some more work?
Go back and repeat those techniques that seem to need a few more rounds. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results you get now that you've released other muscles that may prevented them letting go on the first attempt.

Investigate a bit and you'll eventually find which techniques work best for you to provide the best thumb joint pain relief. Then you'll be able to fix yourself whenever you desire!


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