At the time, I was creating online training programs and presentations, for professionals working within the health and fitness sector.
I was spending less time at my pc, getting more and more frustrated with the pain and stiffness in my fingers and hand, causing me to not be able to work for long periods.
I had used various anti-inflammatory medicines, I had followed guidance on how to move my hands in particular ways to help limit the impact of prolonged use of a keyboard, and I had bought several products online which were 'designed' to help me strengthen my hands and fingers.
Nothing helped for more than a couple of days, when the pain would return.
Out of nowhere, the bottom fell out from under me, and I found I just couldn't use the keyboard of my pc any longer, as the pain was so unbearable.
I couldn't create presentations, emails or courses which were the lifeblood of my business.
As you can imagine, I was in bad shape and desperate, but I wasn't ready to give up.
Then, completely unexpectedly, I had my breakthrough, my epiphany.
I was presenting at a physiotherapy conference, when I was introduced to a product, by a guy who had suffered with his own hand problem, and after finding no solution for his pain, had actually designed a number of resistance rings with varying levels of tension, which he had used to completely get rid of his pain.
After 2 hours of discussing how to use what he called the Handii Resistance Rings, and whether the rings could actually help me, everything changed. In that short period of time, I discovered the simplest way possible, to:
- Strengthen my fingers and hands
- Stretch and Mobilize my hands
- Prepare my hands for long spells at the computer
- Cool my hands down, in readiness for sleep
I can honestly say, I haven't looked back.
In only a matter of weeks, the paint hat had been causing me all that frustration, was gone.
I still use Handii, everyday, but in a preventative approach, maintaining my strength, flexibility and mobility, which ensures to this day, that I have not experienced the same symptoms which which caused me so many problems.