Can Exercise Relieve my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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Working at an office desk, facing a computer and eyes all strained to the screen may sound ideal to many because of the comforts that are associated with an office job but mind you—working in front of a computer from nine to five is not all comfortable… in fact, there are also conditions which you may develop from this routine.

You may have already heard about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and got the idea that this happens on the hands or wrists of a person, but most of what people know about CTS is superficial. Here is a deeper discussion about CTS and how it happens, as well as the carpal tunnel syndrome exercises that may be done to prevent and resolve this condition.

How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Happen?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a disorder affecting the hands and the wrist. The hands and wrists are made of a number of bones, tendons and ligaments, and in this structures, the nerve which we call “median nerve” passes through. Like any other nerves, this string of nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index, middle and ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome leads to weakness, numbness, pain and tingling sensation in the fingers.

Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome happens to those people, whose jobs require them to grip on something, keeping their fingers and palm bent. This certain position of the hands irritates and can potentially damage the median nerve. Computer related works (emphasis on the position of the hands on the mouse), golfing, canoeing, sewing using the hands, etc are common jobs or activities which may cause carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment rarely uses medications which can control the numbness, tingling sensation and pain since these symptoms are neural in origin. Mostly, physicians deal with CTS by engaging them in rehabilitation sessions and therapy where carpal tunnel syndrome exercises are done.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

Carpal tunnel exercises are important because they, in effect, loosen the tension of the muscles in our wrist and fingers allowing for the median nerve to glide smoothly. These steps are very simple and do not require any equipment or material—it’s just you and your arms.

  1. Extend your hands and wrists straight out and position your hands in “standing” position with the tips of the fingers facing up. Hold this position for at least five seconds.
  2. Straighten both wrists and relax the hands as well as the fingers.
  3. Straighten both wrists and make a tight fist.
  4. Do steps two and three for with five second instances (relax, fist, relax, fist…)
  5. After doing these exercises, let your arms hang loosely on your sides and shake them a little.

These are very basic carpal tunnel exercises and make sure you make a habit out of them. Do them frequently at your office for like once every two or three hours—the more frequent you do it, the better the outcome will be.

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  1. An easy way to remember to do the needed exercises to prevent and treat carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries is to download the “AcheBreak” app on your mobile device. Fully customizable, AcheBreak is designed to help develop good habits and start taking breaks to prevent serious debilitating injuries.

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