Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an unfortunately common occurrence in today’s modern world. With the increased use of automobile driving and computer typing, odds are, you or someone you know has carpal tunnel syndrome. There are, of course, more causes for carpal tunnel syndrome than the ones stated above. But what causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and more importantly, how do you avoid it from happening to you?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when there is a pinched nerve in the wrist. In the Carpal Tunnel – the space within the wrist – the Median nerve and tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. The pain caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome takes place here when swelling in this space puts pressure on the nerve. You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you feel pain, tingling, numbness and if you have a weak grip and tendency to drop things.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is difficult to avoid. There are many motions and activities we perform with our hands and wrist every day that avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is near impossible. However, if you wish to take preventative measures, look at these tips below:
How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
First and foremost, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help lower the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Avoid smoking as it will interfere with blood flow and cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to worsen. If you have a healthy weight, great! If you are obese then the speed of nerve messaging taking place in your body is slow resulting in a lack of physical activity, increasing your risk of CTS.
Try a Softer Approach
Keep an eye on how strenuously you use your hands. From bigger activities to the smaller ones, keep a lookout on where you can soften or loosen tensions in your hands and wrists when performing daily routines. You may not realize at first how much tension you could be putting on your joints when performing a simple task (such as the way you grip your pen or pencil, or the way you’re typing on your keyboard.) If you find that you are doing these tasks with too much force, train yourself to perform them with a softer approach.
Stretch When You Can
Take breaks as often as you can and stretch your wrists, hands, and even fingers. Do some research and look into simple hand and wrist stretches. The numerous ways you can alleviate pain in your wrists just by stretching is surprising. You can even use simple yoga hand poses as reference for stress and tension relief.
Straighten Your Wrists
Keep your wrists straight as often as possible. If your wrist is curled and in pain as you’re doing a task straighten it out. Even while you sleep, make sure that you try to keep your wrists straight. Sleeping while in a position where your wrists are curled will contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Warm Your Hands
Cold hands will cause stiffness which in return will contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you feel your hands turning cold, warm them up by rubbing them together or blowing into them with hot air. If you work in a cold setting, consider using gloves to keep them warm.
Although it appears as a separate function to the preventative measures of avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, improving your body posture can actually lower your risk of CTS. Slouching while in your chair at work, as an example, can actually contribute to your wrist placement and position.
Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Contact Traverso Hand!
If you or someone you know have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the preventative measures mentioned above won’t be able to rid you of the issue. Consider contacting Traverso Hand for your medical needs. The team at Traverso Hand is well-versed in many areas of research regarding medical hand treatment and is regarded as one of the top hand specialist team in South Florida. Traverso Hand will help you in every measure of the way to alleviate your pain and get you back on track to a healthier lifestyle. If interested call 954-575-8056, or visit our contact page.