How To Reverse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Naturally
The best way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is by prevention. If you recognize that your job, being of a repetitive nature involving wrist movement, increases the chance of you developing carpal tunnel syndrome, then it is far better to take preventive measures.
Below are listed some methods of avoiding the onset of CTS, or if you are experiencing early warning signs like slight tingling sensations or feelings of numbness in your wrist, fingers or hands, these methods will reduce the chances of the syndrome increasing in severity.
List of Simple Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Keep your body in good overall condition, eat healthy food, and get adequate rest. Maintain a good healthy body weight, excess weight can cause compression of the median nerve.
When sleeping try to position your wrist so that it is lying flat. If you have it tucked under your head or pillow, the median nerve can become compressed which can lead to CTS.
If your wrist starts to ache or you feel tired, take a break from the job for a few minutes. Shake out your hands and stretch your wrists and arms. Re-adjust your working position, and make sure your workstation is designed for efficient and comfortable operation.
If you are operating a computer continually sit in a neutral position. Do not adopt a ‘bent over’ or ‘hunched’ body attitude. When operating the mouse keep the wrists at the same level as the forearm. Try practicing using the mouse with alternate hands!
Often repetitive movement done at high speed can induce CTS, set a reasonable work speed, and only use the necessary amount of force for the job at hand. Apart from computer operators, people who are involved in jobs involving continual vibrations like jackhammer or chainsaw operators should set a reasonable work pace, and take frequent breaks.
Obey the warning signs
Be aware of the early signs of CTS. If you feel occasional numbness, pins, and needles or experience slight difficulty in picking up objects, this is the time to take self-care measures.
If you have CTS symptoms, any swelling can be reduced by the application of ice to the wrist and forearm for 5 – 15 minutes, but be sure to take steps to avoid the circumstances which are causing the wrist trauma in the first place.
Avoid using any application of heat to the wrist. This can cause swelling of the tissue around the carpal area which will put pressure on the median nerve. If the symptoms of CTS do not improve by following the above steps then now is the time to get medical advice from your doctor.
Medication for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In treating carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), the most important factor is to reduce the pressure on the median nerve passing through the carpal tunnel.
The carpal tunnel is a small area of the wrist surrounded by the wrist bones (carpals) and the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal tunnel lodges the median nerve and the flexor tendons, all associated with hand, wrist, and finger movement.
Any swelling, for whatever reason, of the tendons, will place undue pressure on the median nerve causing it to become compressed. This is the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment by the administration of any medicine must be aimed at reducing the swelling of the tendons, thus relieving pressure on the median nerve.
Medicines Used for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
These anti-inflammatory drugs are often used to relieve pain and swelling, and commonly they are available as over the counter medicine, so no prescription is necessary.
Care should be taken with these drugs since while certainly, they will reduce the swelling associated with the tendons, and so provide relief from the symptoms of CTS, they are by no means a cure for the condition.
They may be an alternative medicine to try if the NSAIDs have not given the necessary relief from pain and inflammation. Corticosteroid type drugs are administered under the direction of a doctor and can be taken orally, or by injection into the wrist.
- They are a powerful anti-inflammatory drug but can have unwanted side effects. By using corticosteroids consideration should be given to the following aspects.
- They are not usually prescribed until other medicines have been tried, like the NSAIDs. Further treatments should equally be tried like splints and ice packs prior to taking corticosteroids
- Corticosteroids will provide relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome for several weeks. The injection provides greater periods of relief than the oral treatment. But neither will give a permanent cure for CTS.
- Care should be taken with the dosage since corticosteroids can produce side effects.
If the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome persist in spite of the medication and perhaps increase in severity. Then a doctor should be consulted with a view to having carpal tunnel release surgery.
How To Reverse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Naturally, Last Update: 16/7/2017