Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. The symptoms include: numbness, tingling, and weakness. The carpal tunnel is located on the palm side of your wrist, and is a narrow tunnel that protects the main nerve to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when that nerve becomes compressed. Fortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome is treatable, and there are plenty of things that you can try at home.
Take a break
Take breaks from tasks that are repetitive or cause symptoms. If you work at a computer all day, set an alarm for every fifteen minutes as a reminder to give your wrist a breather. Take this opportunity to wiggle your fingers and stretch. Rest your fingers, hand, and wrist, and then gradually resume the activity. Be sure to keep your wrists straight or slightly bent.
Wear a wrist splint
Wear a wrist splint while you sleep. This will keep your wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on your median nerve. Make sure that the splint is snug, but not tight. Also, avoid sleeping on your hands.
Regularly rotate your wrists, and stretch your palms and fingers.
Ice your wrist for 10-15 minutes, once or twice an hour. Ice therapy can decrease inflammation, relieving pressure on your nerve.
As weird as it sounds, exercising your hand can relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, by increasing blood flow to the wrist and hand.
1, Make a fist, and then slide your fingers open until they’re pointing straight. Repeat this five to ten times.
2. Make a fist, and then fan out your fingers, stretching them as far as you can. Repeat this five to ten times.
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