Trigger Finger Exercises

– How To Avoid Tendon And Other Injuries

By: - Recreation & Sports - June 6, 2011
trigger finger exercises

If you belong to your local gun club and quite often go for practices and competitions, sometimes having your fingers and thumbs bent into certain positions can cause them to lock up.  It is not only a painful thing to experience, but it can slowly begin narrowing the sheath that exists around your trigger finger.  This is especially true with people who have diabetes and can cause long term injuries if not dealt with properly.  You may have jokingly played trigger finger exercises when you were younger, but the reality is that these exercises are a real type of trigger finger treatment that really works.

Trigger finger treatment by using trigger finger exercises can not only reduce the pain and even get rid of it, but help those who have suffered sheath damage to heal and begin reusing their trigger finger again.  Most importantly, it prevents the joints from becoming locked and stiff, developing eventually into arthritis.  As such the basic form of these exercises gives you more control over your trigger response and actions, not because your finger lacks the strength, but because the tendons have become less mobile.  So, what you need to do is to put your whole hand into some warm water and begin rotating your hand within the water to help stretch the fingers and thumb, as well as warming up your tendons.  You should do this as long as you have the locking problem, even using prior to using your gun on the range.  You should repeat this regularly and if need be, splint the affected finger, resting it and taking anti-inflammatory medicines as needed and directed by your doctor.  Massage may even offer some quick relief, too.

Trigger finger exercises were developed by the military to help keep the tendons mobile during long combat missions, but are especially effective when used by anyone who uses a gun regularly.  People who compete, including those who have got to the Olympic level, use this type of trigger finger treatment on a regular basis, so it stands to reason that you should use it.  It might be that you are in the law enforcement and are not using your trigger finger as often, so the risk of getting such tightening of the tendons is higher and the chances of the friction associated with firing a gun damaging and stretching you finger beyond its current capability are increased.  Therefore, these active type release exercises should become a part of your routine and not just a means of resolving sustained injuries.

Photo: trigger mechanism – public domain photo

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