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Friday, February 27, 2009

Are you Having Cold Hands and Feet?

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from Natural Home Remedies Blog

Hands and feet feel cold when they don’t receive an ample supply of warm blood containing oxygen and nutrients. The most common reason for this problem is exposure to cold air, especially from a draught or the wind. An underlying health problem may be responsible, but whatever the cause of the condition, there is much you can do to relieve the symptoms.

Although cold extremities can be uncomfortable or even painful, the problem is usually relatively minor. When you are inadequately protected from the cold- especially if you also smoke or feel tired, faint or anxious – your peripheral arteries become narrower. This narrowing restricts the circulation of warm blood to your hands and feet with the purpose of keeping the rest of your body warm.

Cold extremities can also result from hormone fluctuations before menstruation or a lack of circulating nutrients, as when a person is on a very strict diet or is suffering from an eating disorder. In addition, they may occur during the incubation period before an infection. Other causes include Raynaud’s syndrome and circulatory problems associated with such conditions as chronic bronchitis and arterial disease. Prolonged restriction of the blood supply to the hands and feet may lead to chilblains – shiny red or purple lumps on the fingers or toes that can be painful and itchy.

Cold hands and feet and the development of chilblains can be prevented in four simple ways. Dress warmly in cold weather. Stop or reduce smoking. Get exercise that raises your pulse rate for about 20 minutes every day. Eat regular, nutritious meals to fuel your body so that it raises metabolism, creating heat. Smaller, frequent meals are better than one or two large meals a day.

Massage with stimulating aromatherapy essential oils can boost the circulation in hands and feet. Mix three drops each of rosemary and black pepper oils into a tablespoon of warm sweet almond or olive oil, and massage your hands, arms, feet and calves with the mixture. Use a firm stroke as you sweep your hand up your leg or arm, and a lighter one as you sweep back down towards your hand or foot.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Raynaud's chronic cold mouse hand

Severe Raynaud's Disease. Cold hands turn colors due to diminished blood supply to the fingers. A heated computer mouse relieves a cold computer mouse hand. Visit for more information about the healing effects of infrared heated computer gadgets.

Raynaud's Phenomenon
Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Medical Editors: Dennis Lee, MD, and Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

What is Raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a condition resulting in a particular series of discolorations of the fingers and/or the toes after exposure to changes in temperature (cold or hot) or emotional events. Skin discoloration occurs because an abnormal spasm of the blood vessels causes a diminished blood supply to the local tissues. Initially, the digit(s) involved turn white because of the diminished blood supply. The digit(s) then turn blue because of prolonged lack of oxygen. Finally, the blood vessels reopen, causing a local "flushing" phenomenon, which turns the digit(s) red. This three-phase color sequence (white to blue to red), most often upon exposure to cold temperature, is characteristic of RP.

Raynaud's phenomenon most frequently affects women, especially in the second, third, or fourth decades of life. People can have Raynaud's phenomenon alone or as a part of other rheumatic diseases. When it occurs alone, it is referred to as "Raynaud's disease" or primary Raynaud's phenomenon. When it accompanies other diseases, it is called secondary Raynaud's phenomenon.

What causes Raynaud's phenomenon?

The causes of primary and secondary RP are unknown. Both abnormal nerve control of the blood-vessel diameter and nerve sensitivity to cold exposure have been suspected as being contributing factors. The characteristic color changes of the digits are in part related to initial blood-vessel narrowing due to spasm of the tiny muscles in the wall of the vessels, followed by sudden opening (dilation), as described above. The small arteries of the digits can have microscopic thickness of their inner lining, which also leads to abnormal narrowing of the blood vessels.

What conditions have been associated with Raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon has been seen with a number of conditions, including rheumatic diseases (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus), hormone imbalance (hypothyroidism and carcinoid), trauma (frostbite, vibrating tools), medications (propranolol [Inderal], estrogens without additional progesterone, nicotine, bleomycin [Bleoxane] used in cancer treatment, and ergotamine used for headaches), and even rarely with cancers.

What are the symptoms and signs of Raynaud's phenomenon?

Symptoms of RP depend on the severity, frequency, and duration of the blood vessel spasm. Most patients with mild disease only notice skin discoloration upon cold exposure. They may also experience mild tingling and numbness of the involved digit(s) that will disappear once the color returns to normal. When the blood-vessel spasms become more sustained, the sensory nerves become irritated by the lack of oxygen and can cause pain in the involved digit(s). Rarely, poor oxygen supply to the tissue can cause the tips of the digits to ulcerate. Ulcerated digits can become infected. With continued lack of oxygen, gangrene of the digits can occur.

Less common areas of the body that can be affected by RP include the nose, ears, and tongue. While these areas rarely develop ulcers, they can be associated with a sensation of numbness and pain.

Patients with secondary RP can also have symptoms related to their underlying diseases. RP is the initial symptom of 70% of patients with scleroderma, a skin and joint disease. Other rheumatic diseases frequently associated with RP include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome.

How is Raynaud's phenomenon diagnosed?

In patients with the characteristic sequence of skin-color changes of the digits upon cold exposure, diagnosing RP is not difficult. Sometimes, certain patterns in the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) adjacent to the fingernails of patients with RP can be seen using a magnifying viewing instrument. Abnormal nail-fold capillary patterns can suggest the possibility of an associated rheumatic condition. There is, however, no single blood test to help the doctor to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor can order certain blood tests (for example, sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibody, thyroid hormone levels, and protein levels) to exclude associated rheumatic diseases and thyroid disorders. The doctor can also perform certain maneuvers with the patient's extremities to exclude pinched blood vessels that can produce symptoms that mimic RP, such as in thoracic outlet syndrome.

Typically patients with Raynaud's phenomenon that is a manifestation of a rheumatic disease have elevated blood sedimentation rates and antinuclear antibodies. Furthermore, capillary nail fold abnormalities can frequently be found as described above.

How is Raynaud's phenomenon treated?

Management of Raynaud's phenomenon involves protecting the fingers and the toes from cold, trauma, and infection. Medications that can aggravate blood vessel spasm should be avoided by patients with RP. In patients with persistent symptoms, medications that dilate the blood vessels can be administered.

Patients with Raynaud's phenomenon who have no symptoms other than the color changes of extremities may require only measures to prevent complications. Prevention measures are important in primary and secondary RP regardless of the severity. Simple initial care involves keeping the body warm, especially the extremities. Warm clothing in colder environments is essential. Cotton gloves can be helpful while searching the freezer. Room temperatures should not be too cool. Rubber gloves protect the hands and prevent cooling while washing dishes. Barefoot walking should be minimized. Compression of the blood vessels by tight-fitting wrist bands, rings, or footwear should be avoided.

Those with RP should guard their hands and feet from direct trauma and wounds. Any wounds or infections should be treated early to prevent more serious infections. Avoiding emotional stresses and tools that vibrate the hand may reduce the frequency of attacks. Biofeedback can also help to decrease the severity and frequency of RP in some patients.

Direct and indirect (passive) smoking should be avoided by patients with RP. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause blood-vessel constriction and lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can further impair oxygen supply to the extremities.

Care of the nails must be done carefully to avoid injuring sensitive toes and fingertips. Ulcers on the tips of the digits should be monitored closely by the doctor. These can become infected. Gently applied finger splints are used to protect ulcerated areas. Ointments that open the blood vessels (nitroglycerin ointment) are sometimes used on the sides of severely affected digits to allow increased blood supply and healing.

Medications that can aggravate symptoms of RP by leading to increased blood-vessel spasm include over-the-counter cold and weight-control preparations, such as pseudoephedrine (Actifed, Chlor-Trimeton, Cotylenol, and Sudafed). Beta blockers, medicines used for high blood pressure and heart disease, can also worsen RP. These include atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard), and propranolol.

Patients with persistent or bothersome symptoms may be helped by taking oral medications that open (dilate) blood vessels. These include calcium antagonists, such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Procardia), and other medicines used in blood pressure treatment, such as methyldopa (Aldomet) and prazocin (Minipress). Recent research has shown that the blood-pressure drug losartan (Cozaar, Hyzaar) can reduce the severity of episodes of RP possibly more than nifedipine.

Medications that "thin" the blood, such as low doses of aspirin or dipyridamole (Persantine), are sometimes helpful.

Some patients with persistent symptoms can benefit by adding a medication called pentoxifylline (Trental) which makes the red blood cells more pliable, thereby improving circulation.

Severe RP can lead to gangrene and the loss of digits. In rare cases of severe disease, nerve surgery called "sympathectomy" is sometimes considered. In this procedure, to prevent blood-vessel spasm, the nerves that stimulate the constriction of the vessels (sympathetic nerves) are surgically interrupted. Usually, this is performed during an operation that is localized to the sides of the base of the fingers at the hand. Through small incisions the tiny nerves around the blood vessels are stripped away. This procedure is referred to as a digital sympathectomy.


Researchers have reported finding a substantial genetic (inherited) contribution both to the symptoms of RP and to the associated blood-vessel changes of patients with Raynaud's phenomenon.

Other researchers are studying nitric oxide and its potential relationship to Raynaud's phenomenon. A gel is being studied which might promote local production of nitric oxide in involved digits. The local nitric oxide, it seems, may open the blood vessels and improve the impaired circulation.

Raynaud's Phenomenon At A Glance

Raynaud's phenomenon is characterized by a pale-blue-red sequence of color changes of the digits, most commonly after exposure to cold.

Raynaud's phenomenon occurs because of spasm of blood vessels.

The cause of Raynaud's phenomenon is unknown, although abnormal nerve control of blood-vessel diameter and nerve sensitivity to cold are suspected of being involved.

Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon depend on the severity, frequency, and duration of the blood-vessel spasm.

There is no blood test for diagnosing Raynaud's phenomenon.

Treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon involves protection of the digits, medications, and avoiding emotional stresses, smoking, cold temperature, and tools that vibrate the hands.

For further information about Raynaud's phenomenon write to:

The Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 19000
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Raynaud's Phenomenon - Describe Your Experience

I am 24 and I live in Kentucky. I was diagnosed with Raynaud's when I was 16, and was told that there was nothing that I could do but live with it and try to stay warm. What people didn't understand is that it could be nearly 100 degrees F. outside and my fingers and toes would still freeze. It is the most miserable feeling in the world to be cold and in pain all the time and there is nothing you can do about it but sit and wait for it to go away. Luckily, when I got married in September, my insurance changed and I had to find a new doctor. How lucky was it that the provider I chose had written a thesis in college about Raynaud's phenomenon! She prescribed "Nifedipine" for me and I rarely have any problems anymore. The only side effects that I have found is that my heart races for a few moments after it kicks in and sometimes I get leg cramps. I still have symptoms, but only a few times a week compared to the 10 times a day before I started the medication. My life has almost done a complete 180!
Published: July 08 ::

I was diagnosed with Secondary Raynaud’s Phenomenon three months ago and am still trying all sorts of products to relieve the outbreaks. I have severe outbreaks and can have up to 10 outbreaks a day. Wind, moderate temps, and A/C all contribute to the outbreaks. The greatest relief for me has been a pair of motorcycle gloves I purchased at the BMW motorcycle store. They are about $200 but well worth it. Their meant for motorcycle riders in colder temps. They plug into the car adapter and warm up the hands in about one minute. I haven't found a pair of gloves yet for outside the car, but my car is my office so it's been a tremendous help.
Published: July 25 ::

I am a 39 y/o male and was told 4 years ago I have Raynaud’s. In winter my toes turn white and blister like ingrown toenails. When the blood starts to flow through the toes again, my toes feel like they are on fire and very painful until they are normal again. I wear 2 or 3 pairs of socks and wooly shoes at home. If anyone has this and has to work outside like me, I brought some waterproof socks called sealskins and put them over 2 pairs of woolly socks and no matter how hard it rains my feet stay dry and warm. I also take medication over winter which helps a bit but wearing lots of clothing to stop the cold hitting the area is the answer and once I knew what I had, it was easier for me to protect myself and limit the pain.
Published: July 23 ::

I am a 37 year old female and was diagnosed with Raynaud's syndrome about 4 years ago. In cold weather, my toes and fingers turn completely white and are extremely painful. It feels like pins and needles and severe aching. I can't even walk until the blood returns to my toes. No one understands how intense the pain actually is. Lately I have been having attacks in the air conditioner. I have also been diagnosed with a connective tissue autoimmune disease, which Raynaud's can be a symptom of.
Published: July 16 ::

I found out in the last couple of years that Raynaud's phenomenon has affected my hands and fingers. I play golf, and on mornings when it’s under 50 degrees, the blood circulation in my fingers almost stops completely. I will go four or five holes before the blood flow starts again, which is followed by a stinging sensation in the fingers lasting 15 to 20 minutes.
Published: July 11 ::

This disease is absolutely awful and depressing. I suffer all day. The only time I have relief is minutes after waking up and minutes after lying down and being in a hot bath. The rest of the day I am trapped inside a body that can’t regulate itself. I am constantly irritable. It starts out physiologically with capillary constriction and then turns into mental distress where my extremities look like a walking road map not to mention the discomfort. I can’t stand the fact that there is no treatment. I have tried several vasodilators but they don’t work. I have tried warm clothing but as all of you know as soon as the capillaries open up you become irritably hot and the clothes must come off. I can’t spend my life lying down, in a hot bath and taking clothes on and off.
Published: July 10 ::

I was diagnosed with Raynaud's about 3 years ago. I dread going outside anymore...even in the spring and the slightest breeze sends me into cold spasms. Living in New Zealand has been difficult in the winter as heating is extremely expensive. When I was diagnosed with Raynaud's, I also had bruise-like markings on my upper leg. The doctor who diagnosed me said it was dry skin. A few months later, the bruises became darker, hard and spread. Turns out I have a disease called morphea that affects 1 in 100,000 people. Nobody is sure what causes it but say they see it in patients who have Raynaud’s.
Published: July 08 ::

My mother was diagnosed with Raynaud’s about two years ago. It has become so bad that her left middle finger was amputated. We live in California, and even in the hot summers she stays up all night with severe pain in her fingers. It's hard to see my mother cry night over night telling me how much her fingers hurt. Like I mentioned it's getting worse, her right pinky began turning red then blue and is now in a stage of a charcoal black color. We are seeing a specialist at U.C.L.A who are running tests and doing the best they can.
Published: July 08 ::

I am now 65, living in the UK. I was diagnosed with Raynaud's disease in my 30s.Both my hands suffered all the described symptoms and I had acute pain. I was given the choice of living with it and risking gangrene and losing my fingers or having two operations to treat it, both sides. This was a cervical sympathectomy which cuts the nerve carrying the cold messages to each hand. I chose that and had the two operations. They were partially successful. My left hand is better than my right. When it's cold, I get some recurrence but much less than before the operations. I've never met anyone else who has the illness or treatment.
Published: July 02 ::

I'm 13, and I have had the condition since I was about 6. It used to happen to only one of my toes. It would turn numb and white. Then a while ago, it started affecting all of my toes and the heels of my feet. The other day I was swimming in pretty cold water and my fingers turned white as well. I have never experienced pain or red and blue coloring, thank goodness. I just have to be careful in the winter and in cold swimming pools.
Published: July 01 ::

My daughter was diagnosed at 4 months of age. The soles of her feet and hands were very dark blue. She is now 5 years old. Some days are hell for her, and she will just sit and cry in pain. She says it feels like pins and needles that never goes away. Winter is worse for her. She drinks green tea and that seems to help. She always wears shoes and at nights she puts her shoes on her bed so her feet don't have to touch the floor. She is coping well, but now we’re testing for secondary things that can go hand in hand with her Reynaud’s phenomenon.
Published: June 30 ::

Have pinched nerves and nerve root in back with spinal stenosis. Last November both feet became very tender with blister-like sores under toes. Color began changing to purple and red, but I have not noticed the white. Feet, toes and heels very sore and I feel hot even when cold and like standing in a patch of stinging nettles. I am seeing a specialist in July. I would like to know if natural treatment exists.
Published: June 27 ::

I’m a 20 yr old living in Australia, and just recently found out I have Raynaud’s disease. It’s been happening for 6 years now but only recently saw a doctor about it. I get it in my legs so badly I can’t walk or use my legs because there is no blood in them and they go blue. It worsens with cold and tiles and air conditioning. It affects my work because I work in air conditioning running around all day.
Published: June 24 ::

I was diagnosed with Raynaud's Phenomenon when I was about 18 years old(2000). My first attack was only in my hands, which turned such a dark blue that it was almost black. Since that day I've had moderate attacks with cool weather or stressful situations. Unfortunately I've been experiencing much more severe symptoms with my Raynaud's, I'm not sure whether they are related or not. Symptoms during attacks have included: -color change of limbs in cool or hot weather, or under stress -changing pasty white in my face and chest -tingling, cool sensation of lips and digits -warm to burning sensation of ears -distortion to loss of hearing -dizziness (Vertigo) -feeling of sea sickness -cold, very cold
Published: June 24 ::

My lips, nose and most of my face is so cold. I live in Florida, am 51 years old, so it’s actually nice when I go outside into 80 degree heat with 80% humidity. The air conditioning makes it worse. Also my hands, sometimes my feet are affected. I am told nothing can be done about this.
Published: June 20 ::

I’m a hairdresser, and the constant vibrating of my hair dryer, causes my wrists to tighten and get a tingling sensation in my fingers. Then I get pain in my thumbs and my hands go white, cold and dead looking. My doctor has told me I have Raynaud’s phenomenon. My other symptom is that my bicep goes into a spasm and feels like a cramp.
Published: June 18 ::

I have had Raynaud’s for a number of years. Each year my illness gets worse, and I have found it hard to cope. The doctor says it’s something that I have to deal with, which is very hard. I get frost bite symptoms, and I can’t walk as my bones feel crushed together. There is no help with things like heating costs etc., if you’re on a low income. People just don’t seem to understand. At times, I am housebound by this, even with a car I am not able to go out when I want.
Published: June 18 ::

I've recently been diagnosed with Raynaud's and the tip of my finger died. The Dr.'s have no clue so far and my finger is green and scary looking. I have never seen a documented case as bad as mine. So if you get symptoms o Raynaud’s seek medical attention A.S.A.P.
Published: June 10 ::

I have suffered with Raynaud’s phenomenon my whole life and it’s on my mind every day cause the slightest change in temperature or working with water brings it on. I’m a 20 yr old male and my hands look like a 90 yr old man which is bad for my self esteem. I have just started learning about the disease and by the sound of things there is no cure.
Published: June 09 ::

I’m cold all the time! Winter is the hardest because we live far north and it gets below 0 a lot. I turn blue/purple in the winter and I also have rosacea, which makes me turn bright red in heat and when I exercise.
Published: June 09 ::

I like to walk my dog very early each morning (before 6 a.m. if possible). Unfortunately, I can no longer do this in wintertime. In fact, walking at any hour during the winter anymore can be an exercise in agony. This is due to my Reynaud's Phenomenon where the cold causes the blood vessels in my finger tips and the tips of my toes to clamp shut, causing me intense pain. When that happens, I must get back home ASAP as I just can't handle the pain.
Published: June 30 ::

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Cold Hands Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket Mouse Pad Giveaway Winners sponsored two giveaways in partnership with Grammy Janet's Place and Everything Up Close. Two USA winners were announced and received their free Mouse Hand Warmer to help solve the cold mouse hand problem.
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The Mouse Hand Warmer mouse pad blanket pouch was designed to create the ultimate mouse hand environment. It helps relieve the pain caused by a cold, exposed mouse hand. It's a warm, fleece, cozy blanket pouch used to hold your favorite mouse and mouse pad (optional). If you or someone you know complains of a cold mouse hand, has warming products to address the problem. offers its shoppers free USA shipping and no sales tax worldwide. They support the Arthritis, Raynaud's and Diabetes Associations. IGMproducts' warming devices relieve cold hand pain, relieve stress and tension of the hand and wrist experienced by computer users.

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Mouse Hand Warmer is a fleece blanket for your mouse hand. Many computer users who sit and work at the computer for long hours suffer with an exposed, cold mouse hand. The Mouse Hand Warmer helps solve the cold mouse hand problem.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Copycat Counterfeit Fake Cold Mouse Hand Warmer on

cold mouse hand, mouse hand warmer, IGMproducts.comThe Authentic Mouse Hand Warmer shown above was designed to keep an exposed, cold mouse hand covered.

A fake Mouse Hand Warmer was spotted recently on

eHow copied IGMproducts' Mouse Hand Warmer which is designed to address the cold mouse hand problem. sells the authentic, original, Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch. It is designed to use with ValueRays infrared heated computer mouse and ValueRays infrared heated mouse pad. Together the three items create a perfect mouse hand environment.

We stumbled upon an article written by an eHow member who copied the IGMproducts' cold mouse hand blanket pouch. is somewhat honored to say the least.

"We aren't Prada, Gucci, Fendi or Louis Vuitton," said Anna Miller, Webmaster, "but now we can say there's a counterfeit Mouse Hand Warmer, and it's somewhat flattering."

The authentic Mouse Hand Warmer is constructed of high quality blanket fleece and made in the USA by a Los Angeles design house. The photos on eHow illustrate a very poorly made Mouse Hand Warmer. The IGMproducts version is made well of high quality fabrics, and the workmanship is exceptional. The fleece blanket fabric is like crawling under the covers on a cold winter night.

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If you suffer from a cold mouse hand and want a blanket to keep your hand warm, please visit

The ValueRays heated mouse and heated mouse pad are also available and can be purchased as a set to save money. Each item when used separately serve the cold mouse hand purpose, and when used together, the three items keep warmth and heat insulated inside the blanket pouch. Plus, the USB heated computer mouse and heated mouse pad are made with a carbon fiber which create infrared heat. Infrared heat is a source of healing heat. Research shows 20-30 minutes of infrared heat therapy daily will help reverse poor circulation, tension, muscle stress and hand strains. To learn more about the healing effects of Infrared Heat, visit the Learning Center.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009 Solves the Cold Mouse Hand Problem

The three items pictured above solve the cold mouse hand problem completely! The items are a Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch, a heated mouse and a warm mouse pad. When used together, the three items create a warm house for your mouse hand.

Here's how it works:
The Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch is designed to hold the heated mouse and warm mouse pad. The heat generated by the two USB computer devices is insulated inside the blanket pouch.
The USB heated computer devices are made with a carbon fiber. The carbon fiber generates infrared heat. Infrared heat has healing effects. When used for 20-30 minutes daily, infrared heat is known to soothe tired muscles and relieve pain and stress.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Occupational Therapy - Infrared Heat Heals Computer Cold Mouse Hand Pain

Join the American Occupational Therapy Association's April 2009 celebration. Occupational Therapy Month month is right around the corner.

Occupational Therapy intervention is one of the most promising, results-oriented job-savers a person can experience within a lifetime. A healthy, healing intervention saves jobs, restores hope, a worker's self-confidence and self-esteem. This story is about the loss of hand movement, and the positive results of an OT intervention.

Losing the function of a hand can be devastating, especially when the hand is needed to work at the computer all day. Finding a new job is not easy and almost impossible in today's economic situation. Rehabilitating an injury is a lot of work. Of the two choices, we choose rehabilitation. The alternative of not holding a job isn't an option.

The loss of the use of a person's computer mouse hand due to arthritis and poor circulation can make everyday computer tasks painful and dreadful. The pain from a sick computer mouse hand causes the hand to cramp, freeze and fingers become numb. Pills aren't always the solution and aren't an attractive idea. The only relief is not working, and it is not a suggested option.

Most occupational interventions rely upon ingenuity and creativity. For our computer mouse hand injury, we relied upon a mouse hand warmer blanket pouch to hold the computer mouse and mouse pad. The blanket is made of fleece and covers the computer user's hand completely creating a warm house for the mouse and mouse pad. We inserted inside the mouse hand warmer blanket pouch an USB heated mouse and USB heated mouse pad to generate heat inside the blanket pouch housing.

The USB heated devices are designed with a carbon fiber. Carbon fiber generates infrared heat. Infrared heat is healing. The sun is an example of the natural source of infrared heat. The Eastern Medical profession has been using the healing effects of infrared heat for thousands of centuries. The Western world is starting to catch on to the healing effects of infrared heat through infrared saunas and now occupational computer devices.

It is documented proof by therapists and physicians worldwide, 20-30 minutes per day of infrared heat has healing effects on an injury, in this case, of the hand. I conducted a 4 week study using a mouse hand warmer blanket, an infrared heated mouse and infrared heated mouse pad with a person who suffers with arthritis and poor circulation of the computer mouse hand. After three weeks of 30 minutes of daily use, the right hand is healed. There's no cold, cramp, pain or discomfort in the person's right mouse hand.

The use of the hand for computer related work is not going to fade or go away soon. As a matter of fact, the occupational related hand injuries will increase based on the continued widespread computer use activity. The first computer mouse turned 40 years old in 2008, and introducing the healing effects of infrared heated computer mouse and mouse pad is being made in 2009. We've come a long way, and we have a long road ahead.

For more information about the healing effects of infrared heated computer devices visit To receive free samples of the products and to review the products for your OT needs, please visit and Contact Us.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cold hands? Don't blame it on the weather: How icy fingers could be a sign of something more serious...

Raynaud's sufferers report cold mouse hand when using the computer. Mouse hand warmers and heated mouse, mouse pad is important items for the Raynaud's computer user.
By Moira Petty

Cold hands are not only a sign that the weather's bitter - they could be a symptom of something more serious. There are at least a dozen conditions which cause chronic cold hands, including peripheral vascular disease and ME. But for an estimated nine million Britons, cold hands are a sign they have Raynaud's. The condition causes the small blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears and nose to constrict when their temperature drops. Although it's usually worse in the winter, even in warm weather patients can suffer in the slightest temperature drop, such as moving into an air-conditioned atmosphere.

During an attack the skin visibly whitens and the area becomes numb or extremely painful. Sufferers often develop sores and patches of hard skin, which makes walking painful; because of poor blood flow their skin is also prone to ulceration and infection. Even a moment's exposure to the cold can leave sufferers in agonising pain. As Alison Wright, a sufferer, explains: 'Just opening the front door is enough for an attack - you feel as if glass is being scrunched in your hands.'

'People assume Raynaud's is "just" about numb hands,' adds Alison, 37, from Portsmouth. 'In fact, you're unable to use your fingers at all. Getting coins out of your purse, keying in your pin number, unscrewing jars or just putting the key in the door become impossible.'

Chilly: Having cold hands could be a symptom of something more than the bitter weather

Nine out of every ten sufferers are female - it's thought that oestrogen makes the blood thicker, slowing down its flow in the tiny vessels (the symptoms often first appear with puberty and attacks can be worse at certain times in the monthly cycle, sometimes tailing off after the menopause).

The severity of the condition varies with the patient.

But the key is that the condition is diagnosed early, says Chris Denton, Professor of Experimental Rheumatology at University College London and a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital. Not only because patients can be given treatment to reduce the debilitating effects - but, more importantly, to identify if it's secondary Raynaud's, which is potentially far more serious.

An astonishing half a million Britons are thought to have the secondary form - where their symptoms are a sign of an underlying problem. It can be a side-effect of certain medication (such as migraine treatments, betablockers and the Pill), or exposure to chemicals or a virus.

More worrying, their symptoms could be caused by an auto-immune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or scleroderma. Some of these conditions are potentially fatal; one form of scleroderma, for instance, is linked to lung disease and problems with the kidneys, gastrointestinal system and the heart. Raynaud's symptoms are often the first sign of the more serious health problem, says Professor Denton. For this reason it's important anyone with symptoms should be tested.

'By screening for these serious complications at the earliest stage, it means we can treat them.'

Alison Wright has secondary Raynaud's, although this wasn't discovered until her condition rapidly worsened. She was diagnosed with Raynaud's five years ago, but when treatment didn't help, a GP referred her to a rheumatologist four months later.

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Blood tests revealed she has a form of scleroderma.

Her body produces too much collagen, the tissue used for building the skin, blood vessels, joints and organs. Some forms of scleroderma can cause inflammation of the skin, or growths of thickened skin. 'As well as Raynaud's symptoms, the skin on my fingers is permanently taut, shiny and can get very red,' says Alison. 'They're difficult to move. My hands are also puffy and I've had horrible ulcers on fingers and toes. It's a progressive disease and they can't tell how bad it will get.' There is no treatment for her form of scleroderma, and she has her heart and lungs checked annually as the condition can damage the organs. But at the moment it is the Raynaud's, not the scleroderma, which gives Alison the greatest discomfort.

'If I go into the chiller section at the supermarket, my hands go white from fingers to palms. 'At the cashier I can barely pick up the food from my trolley let alone get my money out of my purse. Even getting from the car to the house can bring on an attack so bad I cry out with pain.' Alison, who is married to a lieutenant commander in the Navy, is keen to start a family, although she worries about the practicalities of daily life with a condition which means she can't use her hands.

Raynaud's used to be treated with surgery to the sympathetic nervous system (the nerves from the brain to the hands and feet). But because the effects are temporary and there is the risk of complications, such as nerve damage, surgery is rarely offered these days.

The most common drug treatment is with vasodilators such as ACE inhibitors or calcium channel blockers - these work by relaxing the blood vessels. Prozac is also used - this blocks the hormone serotonin, which constricts blood vessels. In severe cases, iloprost may be offered; this has similar properties to the natural hormone prostacyclin, which opens up the blood vessels and prevents the blood flow becoming sluggish. 'Because of the side-effects, we reserve it for the severe sufferers,' says Professor Denton. 'Many patients might have it once a year to get them through the winter.'

The risk of unpleasant side-effects with drug treatments - including severe headaches - means that those with a mild version of the condition are advised to keep fingers and feet warm with silk or thermal gloves and use hats and scarves to cover the nose, mouth and ears, as well as keeping warm generally. Sufferers are also advised to use portable heat packs, and to keep a hot water bottle or flask of hot water in the car. Simple exercises can get the circulation going. 'Studies have shown ginkgo biloba to be helpful,' adds Professor Denton. 'And we have anecdotal evidence that ginger may help, too.' But unfortunately for those with more severe Raynaud's, there are other problems. An infection or cut can be more serious as poor blood flow means these take longer to heal.

Also any ulcers on the fingers or toes will not heal on their own and require antibiotic treatment - even then, healing will be slow. In the past Alison has been given courses of iloprost and also takes nifedipine, which helps reduce the pain of her attack. But as other sufferers with severe Raynaud's find, the medication cannot prevent the attacks completely. 'I don't get much sympathy because people don't understand what's wrong with me,' says Alison. 'But the real worry is that many - but especially those who might have it - don't know about the condition.

• RAYNAUD'S and Scleroderma Association, 0800 917 2494,

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Monday, February 9, 2009

RAYNAUD'S DISEASE - Cold Hands, Cold Fingers, Cold Extremities

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by: devika

Raynaud's disease is a circulatory condition that affects blood supply to the skin and peripheries and causes the extremities of the body to lose feeling and become numb.

Raynaud's Disease is most commonly associated with cold temperatures and stress and sufferers of this condition will find their toes and fingers feel very cold or may even lose sensation in response to a stressful situation or exposure to cold. During a Raynaud's attack, the arteries and blood capillaries narrow, reducing blood circulation to affected areas, usually the extremities such as toes, fingers, ears and the tip of your nose.

This reduced peripheral blood flow is a normal protective mechanism to prevent excessive heat loss from these areas and preserve the body's core temperature. Similarly, in times of stress the body goes into a 'flight or fight' response which causes the blood flow to the fingers and toes to be significantly reduced so that blood is conserved for the vital organs and muscles.

In people with Raynaud's syndrome these responses are exaggerated causing troublesome symptoms at inappropriate times. The reduced blood flow leaves the extremities looking pale or even blue and cold as no warm blood reaches these areas.

Diagnosing Raynaud's Disease:

There are no blood tests that can specifically diagnose Raynaud's syndrome , but generally health care practitioners will make a diagnosis based on the description of your symptoms. Your doctor may examine you and order further tests to rule out other conditions and diseases of the arteries, and to determine if there is a possible underlying condition that is causing Raynaud's.

In some cases your practitioner may ask you to place your hand in cold water to bring on an episode of Raynaud's in order to make a more accurate diagnosis.

Though its causes are not completely understood, Raynaud's seems to be caused by an overreaction of blood vessels in the extremities to temperature and stress. In normal physiology, when a person's body is exposed to cold, the blood vessels in the extremities become narrowed and slow down blood supply to the fingers and toes. In the case of an individual with Raynuad?s these blood vessels narrow dramatically, causing troubling symptoms.

There are two types of Raynaud's Disease,it can develop as a complication of an underlying disorder (Secondary Raynaud's) or it can develop independently in the absence of any other underlying health conditions (Primary Raynauds).

As Raynaud's Disease is related to poor circulation, the most successful treatment methods are those that provide long-term assistance with circulation problems. Herbal and homeopathic remedies specific to the condition and containing ingredients such as Rosemary, Ginger, and Ginkgo biloba can do just this in a natural manner.Used regularly, these work to effectively restore the function of the circulatory system; improving blood flow to the extremities while helping to prevent tissue damage. These herbal ingredients also address the underlying triggers of Raynaud?s by reducing inflammation and stress levels while working to guard against cold fingers and toes.


Raynaud's Disease is a condition that you have to learn to manage and adapt to. While this may be difficult at times, there are a number of ways to prevent and cope with attacks.

1.Dress warmly outdoors and avoid getting cold. Winter is often a difficult time for those with Raynaud?s so it is essential to cover up with hats, gloves, thick socks and ear muffs in cold weather.

2.Consider moving to a milder climate. While relocation may seem like a huge preventative measure, it is definitely something worth considering if you live in an area with extremely cold winters.

3.Exercise regularly! Keeping fit with a regular exercise routine will encourage circulation and reduce the chances of Raynaud?s attacks.

4.Don't smoke and avoid secondary smoke. The nicotine in cigarettes causes the blood vessels to constrict resulting in a drop in body temperature in the extremities. This can induce an attack so if you are a smoker, try to stop smoking naturally.

5.Manage your stress levels. Stress is a common trigger of Raynaud's so find ways to recognize and better manage your stress. Avoid those situations that tend to stress you and adopt stress relieving techniques such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises.

6.Look after your hands and feet. Avoid wearing things that may constrict blood flow to these extremities such as tight rings, tight socks or wrist bands.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cold Hands (Warm Heart)

by Darlene in London

I am freezing. It seems Mr. Mak has made some type of mistake with the heaters. He was supposed to add hours, not take them away. This kind of neglect is just cruel... especially on snowy days when I'm actually feeling good about doing school work. I wish I had a space heater. Better yet, I wish I had a fireplace!

I've spent the last few hours trying to write and re-write cover letters to send with my CV for internships. But it's hard to concentrate when your hands are too cold to type without shivering. Brrrrrr. I've resorted to making a hot cup of tea every 30 minutes so I can keep the juices flowing.

So here I am, in my room, frozen to the core - despite the thermals, sweats, socks and fuggs. I think I might have to call it an early night, just so I can wrap myself in blankets. I swear it's like 40 degrees in here.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Common Methods of Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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by: Jeff P. Anliker, LMT & Staff

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly common and painful affliction that harms millions of workers world wide every year. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an affliction that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes impinged at the wrist junction. The carpal tunnel is a narrow area consisting of the transverse carpal ligament and the carpal bones located at the base of the hand. This is the area where the median nerve can become impinged, hence the reason it is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome will cause pain, weakness, paresthesia (pins and needles) and numbness in the hand and wrist, along with increased weakness and decreased strength. The best way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome is to take the steps to prevent it.

The first most important step in prevention is knowledge. Carpal tunnel syndrome most often affects workers who have jobs that require constant static or repeated movements, such as factory work, grocers, or computer workers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not relegated just to these occupations, but it is much more common. It is the consistent static motion such as gripping a steering wheel, holding a book and/or repeated motions performed over and over that cause this disorder. Due to musculature development and wrist size, women are almost three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men. The worst profession for carpal tunnel syndrome is not data entry and other computer jobs, but it is actually assemblers in a factory. Recent studies estimate that approximately three of every 10,000 workers lost considerable time from work because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Those restricted to light duty is much higher.

Catching the problem early is extremely important. The earlier the disorder can be recognized and addressed, the better. A physical of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck can help determine if a worker's pains are in any way related to daily activities or to any type of disorder. The wrist should be examined for discoloration, swelling, tenderness, or warmth. Each finger should be tested for sensation, and the muscles at the base of the hand should be examined. The best way to decrease onset of injury in the workplace is for workers to do conditioning. Workers can take a short amount of time to perform stretching and exercises to maintain muscle balance, take frequent rest breaks, and use correct posture and wrist position. Maintaining proper wrist position is essential. In a factory setting, jobs can be rotated among workers.

Some great tips to follow at work:

Avoid activities requiring excessive up-and-down and side-to-side movements of the wrist. These are the repetitive motions most likely to cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Position your hands properly while working. Wrists should always be parallel and elbows should make a 90-degree angle to your work surface.

Situation permitting, take frequent breaks to stand, walk, stretch and exercise the entire upper extremity to maintain balance of the muscles, thereby reducing impingement of the associated joints.

Avoid direct pressure on the heel of the hand. This puts pressure on the wrist.

If working with a keyboard, use correct posture, holding your hand above the keyboard in order to help keep your wrists in an appropriate position.

Following these tips is a great way to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. However if you do have an early mild case of carpal tunnel, there are still ways to minimize the damage and prevent it from getting worse, even while keeping the same job. It is important for the worker to take all necessary precautions as soon as he/she believes there might be any damage. Once you are sure that you have early stages of carpal tunnel, be sure to pay attention to the following tips.

At work:

Take more frequent breaks from the pain-causing movement.
Perform active and passive stretches
Perform exercises to correct muscle imbalances in the hand and forearm.
Keep your keyboard level at your desk, and be sure to take advantage of any wrist friendly keyboards or other equipment that might be in the office. Some larger companies offer ergonomic consultation for their employees; if it is available, make use of it.

At home:

Perform correct exercises and stretches.
Use cold therapy on the wrist. (Acute Phase)
Have someone massage your neck, back, shoulders, forearms and hands to relieve tension in the forearm and wrist.
Wear splints at night. (Nighttime only) Most doctors will recommend a forearm brace, a narrow cuff worn just below the elbow that reduces fluid content in the carpal tunnel. (Daytime use will increase muscle imbalance and severity of symptoms.)
Minimize static flexion and repetitive hand movements when possible.
Switch up tasks to reduce strain.
Take breaks at least once an hour, to rest, shake your hands and loosen everything up. (It is best to take a brief rest break every 30-45 minutes.)

General lifestyle tips:

Keep hands warm. Warmth can help increase circulation, which will help ease the swelling and pain.
Keep active! Get regular aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming.
Do your best to cut caffeine intake and smoking, both of which reduce blood flow and therefore worsen the situation.
And most important, there are many muscle balancing exercises that doctors and therapists recommend that help restore stability in the joint and reduce impingement, thereby alleviating the pain and also stabilizing the carpal tunnel.
Ask your doctor about these exercises and what the actual benefits are for full results.

Follow these guidelines and you will be able to lead a healthier lifestyle, free of the pain and anguish that can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Jeff Anliker, LMT & BSI Staff - Includes Therapists, Inventors and Researchers that work together to provide information to Corporations, Consumers and Medical Facilities around the world for the treatment of muscle imbalances affecting the upper extremity.

Jeff Anliker is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon, specializing in sports-related injuries and performance enhancement. As a Therapist, Bodybuilder, Author, Inventor and Researcher, Jeff Anliker has extensive knowledge on human biomechanics and its implementation in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries as well as its use for enhancing performance in professional athletes, musicians, office workers and anyone else wanting to perform at an optimal level. Prevention Training is Performance Training. Stay well!

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