Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS: Its Causes, Symptoms and Exercises
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand becomes pressed or squeezed.
Carpal Tunnel – this is the area on your wrist where the nerve enters the hand and is normally narrow.
This disease is characterized by numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness. It typically affects the thumb, middle fingers and index. There are so many conditions that can trigger increased pressure within the carpal tunnel and can lead to this condition. This is common on people whose work involves repetitive motion/movement of the wrist and hand.
Common causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Typing on a computer keyboard
- Playing musical instruments
- Use of hand tools or tools that vibrate
- Wrist fracture
- Other causes of inflammation of the wrist
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Numbness or tingling of the palm of the hand, in the thumb, index and middle fingers
- Pain in the wrist
- Hand weakness
- Problems on gripping objects (weak hand grip)
- Difficulty in feeling and handling small objects
- Tingling, pain and numbness extending to the elbow
- Difficulty with finger movements
How To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Reduce or avoid repetitive wrist movements whenever possible.
- Use tools and equipments that are designed to reduce the risk of hand and wrist injury
- Take frequent breaks when your work is writing and typing and stop if you feel numbness and pain on your wrist.
- Maintaining an appropriate posture and regular exercise may prevent the onset of CTS
- The use ergonomic aids such as modification of keyboards, wrist braces and other tools may improve wrist posture during typing.
See below the Do’s and Don’ts when working/typing on a computer plus proper posture and distance from the monitor:
Carpal Tunnel Exercises
Carpal Tunnel exercises are one of the best methods to prevent the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from getting worse and to help relieved the pain of this condition. This helps strengthen the wrist and also can gain more flexibility. Do some wrist stretches exercise few times a day so you can be relieved of pain from pressures on the median nerve. This can also help prevent further injuries to your wrists.
Since Carpal Tunnel Exercises doesn’t involve exercising equipments, you can do these simple steps even at your desk:
These exercises for the carpal tunnel are a must for anyone who uses their hands primarily for repetitive work.
Even if you’re not suffering from this Carpal Tunnel syndrome, exercising a few times a day would really help especially if your work involves sitting and typing for long hours on your computer.
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