Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with These Simple Tips

Whether you’re poring over spreadsheets, typing out a word document, or even using tools, it’s almost guaranteed that you will spend a lot of time moving your hands and wrists repetitively.

By exerting too much force on your hands and wrists, you may end up straining them and start feeling numbness or a tingling sensation. These symptoms can develop over time and cause pain in your wrists.

This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and when left untreated, this pain can progress and cause permanent damage to your hands.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you can avoid it with these simple tips:

1. Take a break
Relax your wrists every two to three hours and stretch them out. If you’re performing activities where you move your hands repetitively for long periods of time, make sure you bend them both forwards and backwards.

You should also try switching hands when doing intensive and repetitive tasks. Alternating them between tasks will help take off the strain from prolonged periods of use.

2. Adjust your hands
There’s a good chance that you’re using more force with your hands than what’s needed, especially when you’re doing tasks repetitively. Try to spread out the pressure evenly throughout your whole arm.

You also want to keep your wrist straight or slightly bent. Bending them too much while doing tasks increases the strain in your wrist, which also makes you more likely to strain your wrist’s carpal tunnel.

3. Watch your posture
While you want to keep an eye on how your hands and wrists are positioned, it’s also important that you pay attention to your posture. This is because your shoulders’ positioning will affect how you position your hands.

If you sit in front of a computer for long periods of time, be sure to sit straight and keep your shoulders back.
This is because when your shoulders are rolled forward, your neck muscles shorten, which compresses your neck nerves. This in turn affects everything down your arms, from your wrists to your fingers.

4. Do some hand exercises
Exercise helps strengthens your wrist muscles and prevents the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, and five minutes a day doing hand and wrist exercises makes a big difference in curbing your chances of getting it.

5. Wear a splint
When you’re at rest, a splint keeps your hands neutral and minimizes any additional strain throughout the whole day.

Wrist splints come in different types and are designed to suit different wrist conditions and different types of hands. The extra support and stability also makes it wearable during the day while still allowing normal functions, such as typing.

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