Muscle ‘fasciculation’ is the medical term for the twitching or sudden muscle jerking we sometimes encounter.
Our muscles are thick strands of fibrous materials that connects to our nervous system and if there is any damage to our nerves, then our muscles will respond with an uncontrollable jerking motion.
The Nervous System and Muscles
Our nervous system extends to all parts of our body, and it something happens that problems in the nervous system will arise. If this is the case, physicians will immediately look at the brain and the spinal cords first.
Benign muscle fluttering is attributable to lesser issues that can be controlled, while extended symptoms of fasciculation may be a cause of a serious disease.
Fasciculation can occur anywhere in the body like arms, legs, eyes, feet, head, stomach, tongue, and hands. Is this why my thumb is twitching uncontrollably? More than likely, yes, especially if it suddenly began and you have not been plagued with it before.
So why is my thumb twitching? The median nerve is a major nerve that extends down into the forearm, through the carpal tunnel and onto the hand.
The Afflictive Side of Twitching
Let’s get the medical seriousness behind us by identifying diseases that cause prolonged twitching in part of our body:
1. ALS affects jerking muscles and nerves caused by environmental poisoning, genetics, or neuropathy causes.
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause thumb jerking but is also followed with pain and numbness.
3. Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in a particular area of the brain.
Thumb Twitching Remedies
Don’t be alarmed just yet. Most likely the reason for your thumb twitching is not a serious one. There are several benign causes of muscle twitches and spasms.
The most common reasons for thumb twitching and how we can naturally help heal our bodies involves the following:
1. Drink More Water
Dehydration might be a reason why your thumb is twitching. As a broad-spectrum statement, the human body is made up of 70% water and if there is a lack of water or other fluids then that sends our body into a tailspin, including thumb twitching.
Drinking water is vitally important, but if you don’t like drinking water throughout the day, then hydrate your body with drinks that contain low sodium content.
Also, try eating more fibrous water content foods like legumes, berries, cucumbers (96% water), iceberg lettuce (95% water), tomatoes (94% water), cauliflower (92% water), watermelon (91% water) and other fiber-laden foods.
However keep in mind that just drinking more water might not be enough, because the amount of water we drink does not amount to how much water our body’s cells actually absorb and stay in our system.
Reflexology is a therapeutic pressure massage which can be applied to the thumb to facilitate functional flow of nerve and muscle energy to bring calmness and relief from pain.
The thumb and fingers are a part of the body and organ system called reflexes. Massage your thumb to open up the areas that are twitching to release blockage of energy preventing wholeness.
To make the massage more effective you can use a nerve damage repair cream. I would recommend always using all-natural products. The two following creams are good examples of a product you might benefit from using:
1. NerveRenew: this cream claims to be fast acting and to reduce any tingling. They also claim to be all-natural, however I could not find the list of ingredients on the website. Some reviewers testify to having this product work great for them, but others say that the price is too high for the amount of cream in the jar. However, the return policy if you are not satisfied appears to be outstanding.
2. Dermachange: this cream claims to be an organic, chemical-free, and all-natural product. Some of it’s ingredients are: Manuka Honey, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Shea & Cocoa Butter, and Cehami. If you are not satisfied, they also state a 30 day money back guarantee. This cream scores high reviews as it claimed by many to be truly effective, and also odorloss , which is a plus for many.
3. Mineral and Vitamin Diet:
Eat foods that are anti-inflammatory to the body and are rich in vitamin D3. These types of foods will make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients, and also contain minerals found in plant-based foods like soy, mushrooms (Maitake, Morel, Chanterelle, Oysters, etc.), fortified cereals, almond milk, soy yogurt, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, tofu, and cook with amazing herbs and spices.
4. Relax, Relax:
Exercise to relieve stress, and to help you mentally, physically, and spiritually. Exercises allows the body to release endorphins which are called the feel-good chemicals.
Even though exercises like Yoga is not directly targeting your thumb, the principle of relaxing can help with the involuntary twitching of the thumb as your body and mind will relax.
Additional exercises that are beneficial include Tai Chi and Pilates. If not, simply play Bruno Mars and dance away your stress.
For specific thumb exercises try reflexology movements like laying your hand down on a flat surface and lifting your fingers one by one. When you get to your thumb, hold it up for a few seconds longer than the other digits.
Healthy substitutes are fruit juice which can be mixed with seltzer water or sparkling water, making your own soda. The bubbles can trick your mind into not thinking about carbonated soft drinks.
There are also other alternate drinks that are beneficial, tasty, and that may curb your appetite for caffeine. These include black or green caffeine-free tea, lemonade, drinks that can contain fruits like watermelon or that contain herbs.
6. Muscle Overuse:
Another factor which contributes to thumb twitching is overuse. Today’s technology has everyone’s fingers and thumbs moving for 8 hours or more a day.
We are texting, typing on our tablets and computers, playing musical instruments like the piano and the guitar, as well as playing video games.
Finger fatigue is fast becoming a common medical issue. Whether it is confined to a thumb or fingers, a twitch can occur due to muscle strain.
The solution to thumb twitching in this instance is going to be harder than the above recommendations. The solution to overuse of the muscles and nerves in our thumb and fingers is to rest them.
I know this is shocking, but you must put down the video game and cell phone texting.
Take a rest throughout the day from using your thumb and see if the twitching stops. Physically this is not a problem, but mentally, not using your devices is going to be hard. However it is necessary for you to maintain good overall health – Good luck!
7. Lack of Sleep:
Twitching when you are about to fall asleep or after you are asleep is not an uncommon event. Myoclonus is a sleep disorder where fingers (thumbs), eyes, toes, and lips begin to twitch when you are asleep, and which can wake you up.
PLMD or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder occurs after you have fallen asleep and lasts a few seconds which awakens you.
Restless Leg Syndrome is also a common sleeping disorder. Mainly the legs are involved, but there are rare instances where twitching occurs in other parts of the body including thumbs.
Sleep apnea can be helped with a cup of caffeine-free tea prior to going to sleep using vervain, a floral herbal remedy. Vervain works within the nervous system to give individuals a relaxed feeling to help promote sleep.
There Is No Need to Worry
Remember, that mild muscle spasms or twitching is not a reason to be fearful.
If you experience recurring thumb twitching, or if you want to be on the safe side, then schedule an appointment with your health care provider which can be an acupuncturist, homeopath specialist, an Ayurvedic professional, Naturopath, or a general physician, etc.
Do not panic, as we discussed, there are a number of benign reasons for involuntary thumb twitching; and most likely they are not a health threat nor is it a danger to your life.
Try any of the above natural solutions for a week or two to see if your thumb twitching ceases.
With minor lifestyle adjustments and adding principles like meditation and exercise, you can find a natural way to beat those annoying twitches.
Also, remember to drink more water, get more vitamins/minerals, get some rest, dance, and enjoy life. Until then, don’t worry everything will work out just fine because healing starts in the mind and spirit.