Carpal Tunnel Exercises To Relieve Your Pain
Do you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? Then you know just how painfully frustrating and debilitating this affliction can be. Are you looking for something that you can do to help lessen the pain and increase your range of motion? If you are, you’ll be happy to learn that there are practices you can incorporate into your life and exercises that you can perform to help get your body running well again.
First, we need to learn what carpal tunnel syndrome is and how it can be identified. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where pressure on the median nerve extends from the palm of the hand up into the arm. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in one or both of your hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically occurs in adulthood, and affects women more often than men. It is believed to be caused by repetitive motions, but other factors can also play a part. Things like alcohol abuse, bone fractures, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are all believed to carry an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
While surgery is often recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome, mild cases may respond well to exercise. Here are a few CTS exercises you can do to help relieve pain and perhaps prevent any more damage from occurring:
Extend your arms straight out with your shoulders down and extend your wrists and fingers like you’re in the hand stand position, then relax. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times.
With your arms extended make a fist with your thumb tucked inside of your hand and draw your wrists down holding them in that position for 10 to 20 seconds.
Make a fist with one hand, while holding it perpendicular to the floor. With the other hand pull your fist in towards your body. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Remember to use gradual pressure. Jerking or pulling is never a good way to stretch.
Place your hand against the wall and hold your arm straight out from the shoulder. Use your other hand to gently your thumb away from the other fingers for 5-10 repetitions.
Giving your hands and wrists a few good stretches before work (or when you take a break) is an excellent way to help avoid pain or to relieve pain during your work day. If you think you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t waste any time getting to your doctor. If you’ve been diagnosed with CTS and want to try exercising, speak with your primary care physician or chiropractor to make sure that it's safe for you. Most people in good health will find that these simple exercises can help restore range of motion and make your day more pleasant and productive.
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