How to Reduce Carpal Tunnel Pain

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Carpal Tunnel Wrist Pain
Carpal Tunnel Wrist Pain (Image: safecomputingtips.com, all others by author with thanks to my hand model!)

Wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome can be quite debilitating. There are days when the carpal tunnel pain in my wrists makes it nearly impossible to cut vegetables when cooking, spend much time writing, using the computer, or many other simple tasks that require using my hands.

Carpal tunnel wrist pain symptoms include tingling or numbness in the hands; pain in the wrist, forearm and sometimes extending further up the arm; and difficulty grasping or holding onto objects.

Here, I will list a few natural carpal treatment techniques that I have found greatly helps to reduce the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome n in my wrists.

Use Acupressure / Massage: Repetitive movements, such as those found from computer work, cashiers, musicians, crafters, etc., can cause stress or pinch the carpal tunnel nerve in the wrist. This stress also tends to build pressure in your forearm and down to the fingers.

For a carpal treatment that eases the pressure of carpal tunnel pain, deeply rub into the area along the top of your wrist and forearm. While pressing and rubbing the wrist and arm, you will feel pain in areas that pressure has been building up. These are the areas that need the most focus. The rubbing/massage will allow the nerves, muscles and tendons to stretch and relax which reduces the wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Repeat this a few times a day. You should feel relief within a day.

Carpal Massage/ Acupressure
Carpal Massage/ Acupressure

Exercise Your Fingers and Wrist: Strengthen your wrists to help reduce the affects of carpal tunnel wrist pain using exercises such as these:

-Raise your hands and rotate them clockwise at the wrist for 20 seconds. Repeat this exercise rotating your hands counter clockwise.

-Open and close your fists a dozen or more times.

-With palms facing each other, press your fingertips together, which will push your hands away from each other. Do this 20 times, rest, then repeat.

Carpal Wrist Exercises
Carpal Wrist Exercises

Ice it: A soothing carpal treatment is to use a cold pack to reduce the inflammation associated with carpal tunnel pain. This inflammation of the carpal tunnel wrist causes discomfort and numbness that is a result of strain placed on the wrist and forearm.

Ice the inflammed area!
Ice the inflammed area!

Drink Lots of Water: Remember to keep yourself well hydrated. When inflammation occurs anywhere in our body, our body naturally sends more of our body's water to the point of inflammation to help it heal. Proper hydration is can greatly reduce the pain that comes with inflamed and dehydrated muscles, including wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. For carpal treatment, drink more water when you are experiencing carpal tunnel pain.

Hydration is Important!
Hydration is Important!

Consider Chiropractic Care: If you visit a chiropractor who does full body manipulations; which means they not only focus on the spine, they focus beyond to other joints in the body. Talk to a chiropractor about making adjustments to your wrist and elbow to ease pressure off the carpal tunnel wrist nerves to help reduce carpal tunnel pain.

Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Care

Watch your arm and hand posture: Bending your hand backward or forward at the wrist for extended periods of time causes pressure and stress on the carpal tunnel wrist nerves and leads to carpal tunnel pain. Learn to keep your wrist and hand as straight as possible.

I have found that I have a tendency to sleep with my hands bent and rested under my chin. When I do this, I tend to wake up with aching, tingling hands which flares up the carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have a tendency to do something like this, pay attention to keeping your wrists in a straight position while you sleep in order to reduce wrist pain.

Do not do this for long!
Do not do this for long!

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure you don't confuse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Arthritis or some other injury.
  • You may need to see a professional if your pain becomes too debilitating.

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