Carpal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable, and often very painful. It is caused by pressure on your median nerve which is a very large nerve found in between the bones in your arm. Pressure on this can cause pain, tingling and numbness in your fingers and wrist.
Typically, CTS can be caused by the wrist being kept in the same position for prolonged periods i.e. like when you are typing or using a computer mouse. It can also form because of prolonged exposure to heavy vibrations i.e. power tools for construction workers, etc. It can also form as a result of certain lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunctions, fluid retention and even wrist traumas like breaks or sprains.
If it is caught early enough, carpal syndrome can be treated with a carpal tunnel wrist brace, and some heat packs to ease the pain. In extreme cases, however, surgery may be necessary.
Best Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace
Since every case will differ, it’s important to consult an orthotist to get the right wrist brace fitted, and to get some advice. In the meantime, here are some top tips to help if your CTS is mild:
- Gently twirl your wrists throughout the day to get the blood flowing – especially if you have an office job where you sit in the same position for most of the day.
- Gently stretch your wrists before exercising. Sometimes CTS can be caused by injuries related to exercising, and the risk will decrease significantly if your wrists are warmed up.
- If your body is retaining fluid, you need to elevate your wrists as much as possible. Interlace your fingers behind your neck when you can. In the meantime, you can have a good stretch (which is also good for your back… Bonus!)
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