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Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage
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05/04/2017 11:59
Londongayle 
05/04/2017 11:59
Londongayle 
Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage

I've had Garrods pads for at least 10 years on 5 knuckles across both hands. I was told they were harmless but at times they hurt, particularly if knocked.
About 8 years ago I developed a ganglion cyst on my right hand and was told by my gp to ignore it. I couldn't bend my ring finger into a fist and was told there was no connection.
Then about 5 years ago I developed Dupuytrens on my right hand. I had a scan and they saw the size of my ganglion and said it should be removed.
After surgery I had problems with my hand, arm and shoulder and months of physiotherapy. But after the op I immediately got some movement back in my ring finger although gradually this reverted and again I couldn't make a fist. Then my pinky also wouldn't bend into a fist and I couldn't grip anything. Eating with cutlery was difficult and clumsy. If I was given change when shopping, money would literally fall through my fingers.
As a massage therapist I continually massaged my hands and did hand exercises. My ring finger was contracting about 25 degrees. Nothing helped.
I'm now experimenting with an electric infrared massager 30 minutes a day. I've been using it on my hand, wrist, forearm and up to my shoulder. After about 3 weeks my finger is hardly contracting, I can make a fist and I have a grip (not tight but I can hold cutlery).
I found that massaging with the infrared massager, particularly my forearm, started to make a real difference. It has been painful bending the Garods pads, but I'm persevering. I couldn't use my hand properly and was worried that I would not be able to use it at all.

05/04/2017 16:12
spanishbuddha 

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05/04/2017 16:12
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage

Interesting and thanks for sharing. I think my own knuckle pads look worse than yours , and are occasionally sore, but in no way do they inhibit curling the hand into a fist. Maybe you should have a chat with Stephen Jeffrey as I believe his massage technique does not just work the hands but the whole arm down from the shoulder. Of course the source of all tendons for hand flexion and extension is in the forearm. In a similar way one of the treatments for plantar fasciitis and Achilles pain is a stretch and massage of the calves.

05/04/2017 19:18
Londongayle 
05/04/2017 19:18
Londongayle 
Re: Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage

Thanks. I'll get in touch with Stephen. I'll keep you posted

05/09/2017 10:39
stephenjeffrey 
05/09/2017 10:39
stephenjeffrey 

Re: Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage

Hi Gayle

hope you have seen my reply to your enquiry, and thanks Spanish Buddha for noticing the connection between what Gayle is doing and the protocol I use.

Those of you interested in learning more may what to take a look at the massage therapy thread.

http://www.dupuytren-online.info/Forum_E...erapy-2_18.html

05/09/2017 11:33
Londongayle 
05/09/2017 11:33
Londongayle 
Re: Garrods pads, Dupuytrens and ganglion massage

Hi Stephen
Than you so much for your response. I'm just home from a few days away. Interestingly, missing just 3 days massage my fingers have stiffened again.
I'm going to pass your instructions to my massage therapist and give it a go. If that doesn't work then I will get back in contact with you and perhaps come to see you for a session.
Once again, thank you for your help.
Gayle

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