‘Snakebite’ Massage Therapy Technique

This sounds a little odd, but it comes from a respected source, Erik Nieuwenhuis, an Injury Prevention Specialist and Wellness Consultant at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa:

This childhood game happens to be an awesome and very powerful musculoskeletal myofacial self-care technique to reverse, treat and prevent one of the primary causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis pain.

When your forearm muscles get stiff and tight overtime from repetitive and sustained use, the fascia which surrounds all muscles and connective tissues slowly compresses the blood vessels and nerves, thereby increasing their irritability. This can lead to increased muscle fatigue, numbness or tingling into your fingers, shooting or stabbing pains, dull achy throbbing pains when you pick things up or a loss of grip strength.

I have seen amazing and frankly quite shocking outcomes and results with the snakebite technique in my 14+ years of treating patients with MSD injuries from across the Siouxland area. The exiting news is that within the very first snakebite technique, a worker’s grip strength improves, numbness or tingling symptoms into the fingers are reduced or eliminated and pain is greatly reduced immediately. Most often, a worker’s symptoms are 85% to 100% resolved within one to two weeks with the snakebite technique. Now, that is a mighty and powerful way that we can control our health care costs, improve productivity in our workplaces and restore our quality of life!

And here’s a video that gives a brief demonstration:

If you want to give it a try, recruit a friend, family member, or physical therapist, and have them perform the step-by-step instructions described here.

It looks like a technique that is simple, but if you have doubts, do your own research, and check with a doctor or physical therapist first…

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.


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