You might be getting really frustrated with the carpal tunnel symptoms that just won’t let up. You could be in a lot of pain and find that aspirin just isn’t helping. You may be looking for ways to get your hands on some effective pain relievers. You need to stop this line of thinking right away. If carpal tunnel syndrome isn’t properly treated the symptoms will just get worse and you will become even more unproductive than you are right now.
Never forget that your hands are a valuable asset and you won’t be able to do very much without the. Knowing this it would be useful to understand a little bit about the science behind your hand and wrist movements so you can do what is needed to keep them loose in order to prevent the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. The steps are simple and free and you hands will be forever grateful.
But what is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve condition that effects the hands, fingers and arms and is attributed to pain (and is also caused by) repetitive motion from a job or hobby that you frequently perform. Some of these jobs are as typists, construction workers or even football players. The condition starts when the median nerve is pinched at the point of the wrist.
The median nerve runs the length of the arm and is bunched together by the transverse carpal ligament there. This transverse carpal ligament can become tightened around the wrist thus causing the problem with the median nerve.
The symptoms can be mildly annoying to debilitating depending on the severity and how long you leave it untreated. Symptoms are wide ranging; from tingling in the fingers and hands, to numbness or a burning sensation in the forearm area. Sometimes the hands and fingers will grow numb or cold. There can even be pain and complete loss of functionality for short periods of time! Of course, this leads to back problems, neck problems, or shoulder problems do to the poor posture you may take on as you try to alleviate the stress from your wrists. It is like a complete unbalancing of your body in order to compensate for the pain in your wrists and hands.
You will probably be able to reverse or reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome by taking just a few minutes to do some easy stretching exercises. Make some simple hand movements such as stretching your hands out wide or pinching motions. It helps to pull the fingers downward and bending at the wrist to stretch and lengthen the transverse carpal ligament.You can reduce or even reverse the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome by taking some time to do some simple stretches and exercises. You can make simple movements with your hands, such as pinching something and then stretching your hands wide. You can even pull your fingers down, bending the wrist and stretching out the transverse carpal ligament. You could clench your hand into a fist and then bend downward at the wrist. You will be able to feel the transverse carpal ligament stretching itself back to a more comfortable position. A few minutes of effective exercises can make a huge difference.
Trying these easy carpal tunnel exercises, as provided by Thom Nicholson (noted CTS Guru), can help you avoid surgery and reduce the pain caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without invasive surgery. Help your body heal itself!