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Two Tips For Managing Hand Tremors

by Aischa Van Ekeren

Hand tremors are a symptom of several neurological and physical conditions. Since they can interfere with people's ability to care for themselves, minimizing the severity of the tremors is paramount to patients' health and wellbeing. While physiotherapy can be effective at reducing tremors, here are a couple of things you can do in your daily life to increase the success of this treatment.

Work at Your Best Times

Like other symptoms, hand tremors vary in severity depending on the time of day and other factors. For instance, they may be barely noticeable in the morning but almost unbearable at night when you're tired. Thus, it's a good idea to complete tasks that require a steady hand during times when your condition is not as severe.

You can help yourself a lot in this area by keeping a journal of your tremors for a few weeks to determine when your best work times are. For instance, you may notice you get several hours of reprieve after taking your medication or waking up from a nap. You can then use this information to schedule your day so you can complete the most important tasks when you're feeling the strongest.

Manage Stress

Another important thing you can do is manage your stress levels. When you feel stress or strong negative emotions like fear and frustration, your body reacts by releasing a surge or adrenalin and other hormones that puts you in a state of readiness to react to any danger that may be present. While this may be great if you need to suddenly outrun a lion, chronic stress can have a deleterious effect on the body and worsen disease symptoms.

In the case of tremors, chronic stress can weaken muscles, making it more difficult for you to control the shaking. By reducing stress and working to maintain a calm state as much as possible, you keep the harmful hormones in check and allow your body to retain the strength it needs to work the way you need it to.

There are many things you can do to keep stress in check, including participating in regular exercise and meditation, avoiding multitasking, and eating a healthy diet. Consult with a healthcare or mental health provider for recommendations that work best with your unique circumstances.

For more tips on controlling tremors or to learn how physiotherapy treatment can help you manage this symptom, contact a physical therapist.