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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments; Stretches and Exercises

Updated on January 2, 2017
Accupressure is one method of releaving and healing from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Accupressure is one method of releaving and healing from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Source

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome you are likely very frustrated and looking for solutions. One excellent solution, for the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, involves stretching and strengthening the hand, arm and sometimes shoulder area. Stretching and strengthening can be done in many ways with some methods harkening on with wisdom of Yoga and Aikido while others utilize relatively modern methods of massage therapy. Finding what works for you might involve exploring these different options.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases have been increasing over the years as our population becomes more and more reliant on computers. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be the result of other repetitive hand movements in tasks such as gardening and knitting. The frustration becomes great when the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome increase and cause numbness, tingling and pain. When it comes to computer use, work station adjustments can be made to help stop the cause of the pain, taking breaks can alleviate the symptoms as well as the stretching and strengthening methods that I will be highlighting here.

Finding solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome may involve exploring many possibilities until you find the one that works best for you. Following is a selection of videos that guide you, step-by-step, through the ways in which you can begin healing your carpal tunnel syndrome. While some people find immediate relief from these exercises, for others the healing takes more time. Practicing these types of exercises on a daily basis can work to remedy your carpal tunnel syndrome completely.

Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Even though Yoga originated in Ancient India with the goal of experiencing 'one’s true self,' the careful movements are extremely useful for eliminating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Aikido for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Aikido, which translated means “the way of unifying life energy” is a modern variation of an older martial art. Since Aikido relies heavily on the use of the hands it has developed a number of stretches that easily translate to treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pilates for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pilates is a fitness system that builds flexibility strength and endurance the instructor in this video demonstrates a number of strengthening exercises that use weights and strengthen the arms and hands which are useful in preventing and healing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you visit your physician regarding your carpal tunnel syndrome he might refer you to a physical therapist who will guide you through stretches and exercises to alleviate and heal your carpal tunnel syndrome.

Accupressure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine similar to acupunture, but without the needles. This method works by applying pressure to certain points along the "meridians" of the body, blocked energy is then released and healing can begin. This traditional method of healing can direclty translate to relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Massage for Carpal Tunnel - Full Arm

Massage can help relax, open up and alleviate the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. A knowledgeable and experienced massage therapist can guide you through this method. In this video a massage therapist demonstates a massage focusing on the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome while describing her method.


Although carpal tunnel syndrome can be a frustrating and painful experience there are an abundance of stretches and exercises that can help. From yoga and pilates to massage therapy and acupressure, you are bound to find a method that works for you. Exercises and stretches such as these help the body to strengthen and heal from the ravages of carpal tunnel syndrome. While these exercises can offer short term relief, with ongoing practice many of these methods can eliminate and completely heal carpal tunnel syndrome.

Which method did you find most helpful for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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      Ega 2 years ago

      Try buying a brace from the drrsotgue. They should be kept with the ACE wraps. Wear it all the time, even at night, until the pain subsides. Refrain from playing on the computer for loner than 20-30 minutes at a time. Make sure you take breaks and stretch your wrist out if you have to be on the computer for longer than that. Ask your doctor about taking some Ibuprofen or Tylenol for the pain.Avoid doing anything that could cause strain to the wrist, especially repetitive actions (like sliding items across the scanner at the store if you are a cashier).That should help!

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      Jaime 2 years ago

      You can see a Massage Theraist which can really help. Or you can try doing it yosluerf. Use a little massage oil so your hand can glide over the skin. Try to find a position where you hand and forearm are higher than your heart.Relax the affected arm as much as possible. Biginning at the wrist, glide your other hand up your arm applying light pressure. Repeat many times with deeper pressure. The idea is to push blood and fluids back toward the heart.It will take about 20 minutes to do both sides of the arm. If you can get someone to do it for you, all the better.This technique can reduce swelling and inflammation which is probably causing the pain. Try it a few times. It should help you feel at least some relief.

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      Ariel Laur 3 years ago from New York

      Lady Guinevere,

      I am glad you liked it and it is good to know that the stretching helps with your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms! Thank you.


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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Very good. I use the stretching method when it get too bad.