My thumb pads have been hurting for several years. Sometimes my index fingers would ache and hurt. My thumb pads ache most times. When I use my thumbs on the Hamstrings or the Gastrocs, my thumbs hurt so bad I can hardly stand it. Sometimes I have sharp pains in them. It started with the left hand then the right hand. When I asked my massage instructor about the problem he said it was because of using my thumbs too much by showing me thumb movements. I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for several years and never had the problem with my thumbs. If I close my thumbs into my palms, I get sharp pains down my wrists. I have used deep pressure with one thumb on the other thumb pad and it hurts like the dickens! It sometimes hurts on the top part of the thumb pad. It is not Arthritis. I use my knuckles, forearms, elbows when I do massages. I have altered my massage techniques . I use my thumbs on the the Gastroc and Hamstring then use my Index and Middle finger on the sides of each muscle. I do not seem to have the strength to go very deep. When I get my hands massaged, it is very painful because of the position the thumb is placed in. I also do not have Carpel Tunnel problems. I am very aware of the correct positioning of my hands and yet they hurt as I give massages. They do not get numb. Someone once found a trigger point in my forearm that cause great pain in both the forearm and the thumb pad. But they never took the time to work on the problem.
OK that is all I can tell you. I just desire to be able to be pain free in my thumbs and be able to give great massages! :)