New Home Remedies for Carpel Tunnel Show Promise
Carpel Tunnel is caused by repetitive motions of the wrist, fingers, and hand, which causes swelling, and pinching of the median nerve. For some, surgical means is the answer, for others, less drastic approaches are taken. The route that you decide on will be influenced by the stage of the Carpel Tunnel and your physician. Medical News Today writes: “The median nerve runs from a network of nerves that start near the neck and shoulder and run down to the hand. The median nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring finger. CTS causes tingling or a “pins-and-needles,” numbness, thumb weakness, and dull aching in the hand or arm. This happens because the median nerve is being compressed and pinched.”
Fortunately, for those who are suffering from Carpel Tunnel, there is relief to be found through home remedies. This wasn’t always an avenue explored, as it had no long-term effect on the issue. It does, however, help with the pain, and makes it easier to perform everyday tasks normally once more.
Relax Your Hand
This might sound like a piece of cake, but it’s easier said than done. Research shows that by relaxing your grip on objects while using them, you also use less force, and create less tension on the nerve. This is beneficial because it will allow you to get things done, without feeling the same intensity of discomfort. Healthline reports: “If you find yourself straining or forcing tasks such as writing, typing, or using a cash register, relax your grip or reduce the force you’re using. Try using a soft-grip pen or tapping keys more lightly.”
It can be difficult to master, but once you have gotten used to using a lighter pressure in everyday tasks, such as holding your coffee mug, drawing with a pencil, typing on the keyboard, holding your dinner fork, etc., you will see some relief, and it will begin to come naturally.
Stretch it Out
Just as you would a sore muscle after a hard workout, you can provide some relief to your hand by working out your fingers, rotating your wrist and stretching your hand gently. This is a particularly useful method for work. If you are in a field which requires you to use your injured hand, this can be a lifesaver. Mayo Clinic advises: “Give your hands and wrists a break by gently stretching and bending them periodically. Alternate tasks when possible. If you use equipment that vibrates or that requires you to exert a great amount of force, taking breaks is even more important. Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down. A relaxed middle position is best. If you use a keyboard, keep it at elbow height or slightly lower.”
Be gentle in these stretches, and avoid putting too much pressure on the wrist, as this could further aggravate the issue. It can be frustrating, but by taking your time, and allowing your wrist to rest when needed, you will feel a release from the ongoing pressure in your wrist more often.
Guard Your Wrist
If you’ve got a bum knee, you wear a brace, if you roll an ankle, you wrap it. Carpel Tunnel requires the same level of careful medical attention to keep you from continual overuse and further injury. You can buy wrist braces at several pharmacy chains. This works to steady the hand, and keep you from over working the wrist during daily tasks. Web MD writes: “Wear a wrist splint at night to keep your wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on your median nerve. When your pain is gone, begin exercises for flexibility and strength for your arm and wrist. Learn the best positions and posture for hand and wrist movements.”
You will find that over time, you become used to the wrist brace, and it becomes second nature not to over extend or over work your wrist. It’s important to take care of yourself when your suffer an injury like this, and a wrist brace is a great way to cushion yourself when leaning your hand against a desk typing, and to keep your hand in an ergonomic position, which causes less tension, and therefore, less pain on your hand and wrist.
If you are worried that Carpel Tunnel syndrome is becoming a reality for you, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Some physicians will prescribe physical therapy, massage, or over the counter pain relief along with the above mentioned methods of pain control. Sometimes a wrist cramp can be mistaken for Carpel Tunnel.
If you feel your wrist cramping up, or becoming sore at work, or at home, give it a break. Think about the way that the wrist feels, is it numbing, tingling, weak, and throbbing? Write down your symptoms, their severity, and what you were doing at the time that they began. This is all important information which will help your doctor to more readily deduce what is going on with your wrist.
For a standard cramp, resting, rotating, and stretching still work, and if you are nervous that repetitive tasks at work or home could cause Carpel Tunnel, a wrist brace can still be worn as a preventative measure. Ergonomic positioning of your body during repetitive tasks greatly decreases the chance of injury, or long term chronic pain caused by improper posture.
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