Exercises to Help Carpal Tunnel
If your job entails repetitive motion of the wrist as in typing, operating a computer, or writing then you are at risk of suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
This is a common disorder which occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. It is related to a repetitive stress injury, and the risk of gaining CTS can be reduced considerably by taking frequent breaks from the repetitive task and taking a few minutes relaxation.
During these periods of relaxation, it is a good idea to perform a series of wrist stretching exercises to help prevent the onset of CTS. It is equally a good idea to pay some attention to your workstation making sure it is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, safety, and efficiency.
If you have already developed CTS then there are a series of exercises which can be carried out which will help reduce the pain associated with the condition. Learn these exercises and practice them prior to starting your job, and during your break times.
List of Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Extend both of your arms directly in front of your body, and have the backs of your hands uppermost.
- Now, pull back on both wrists and fingers just as if you were a traffic warden telling traffic to stop.
- Hold the wrists under tension for at least 5 seconds.
- Straighten out your wrists and fingers, and allow them to relax.
- Keep your arms stretched out in front of you, but now still with the backs of the hand uppermost, clench your fists tightly, and continually squeeze the fists. Maintain this position for 5 seconds.
- Keeping the fists clenched move them both downwards as far as possible. You will feel the tension between your wrist and elbow. Hold this position for 5 seconds.
- Straighten both wrists and fingers and allow them to relax. Lower your arms to their natural position
The whole exercise routine should be carried out about 9 or 10 times for maximum benefit to be obtained.
Even if you are not yet suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, this series of exercises will help prevent the onset, if your job involves repetitive wrist and finger actions. If you are suffering from CTS, it will assist in the relief of pain.
If the symptoms become too severe it is better to consult a doctor who may recommend medication or perhaps some physiotherapy treatment.
7 Exercises to Help Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms, Last Updated: 1/8/2017