What is Trigger Finger, Trigger Thumb??
The medical term is digital tenovaginitis stenosans. In more severe cases, a lump or nodule actually forms on the tendon and causes resistance to you opening your fingers and/or thumbs.
Basically, the swollen tendons (usually caused from overuse - repetitive stress - of the tendons) are not able to move freely through the small "sockets" or "pipe like sleeves". When they finally do open or move, your finger will "unlock", "snap", "pop" or "trigger" open - similar to the action of releasing a trigger on a gun, hence the term "trigger finger".
The "triggering" is more apparent in the morning and is more common in women than in men, and in anyone with diabetes.
Treating Trigger Finger & Trigger Thumb:
Getting some rest from the action or activity that is causing overuse of the tendons in your fingers and thumbs is always recommended. Some doctors have prescribed a brace or splint to keep your fingers in a more open position.
If you can avoid situations where you have to grip an object or machinery handle for long sessions that will help reduce the stress to your fingers.
We recommend wearing Prolotex™ Far infrared Open Fingertip Therapy Gloves to help reduce the inflammation and reduce your pain.
NOTE: you can use Prolotex™ Gloves under a splint or brace - helps speed up the healing.
I received the gloves Tuesday afternoon, I type with them on.
Why do FIR Gloves help prevent Trigger Finger?
The threads in Prolotex™ products are Fused with a safe formula of bio-ceramics that emit beneficial far infrared rays (FIR). These waves of soothing FIR energy penetrate deep into the tissues of your body and basically increase the molecular activity of the cells.
Increased molecular activity will help keep your hands healthier and prevent the tendon sheath from becoming restricted in the first place. The safe FIR waves help increase the micro-circulation in your fingers and thumbs. More circulation means healthier cells & tissues.