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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Home Remedies
This condition results from swollen tendons that compress the median nerve within the carpal tunnel canal in the wrist. It's usually accompanied by odd sensations, numbness, swelling, soreness, stiffness, weakness, tingling, discomfort and pain...a lot of pain. It tends to be caused by continual, rapid use of your fingers, wrists and/or arms.
Many people feel the requirements of their job contribute to the onset of CTS. But people who spend each workday at a computer aren't the only ones doing repetitious work-musicians, supermarket checkers, factory workers, hair stylists, bus drivers, seamstresses, tailors and countless others are plagued by this repetitive motion injury.
Vitamin B6 may help to ease symptoms of CTS. But too much B6 can be toxic and harmful to the nervous system, so work with your health professional to determine a safe dosage of B6 for you.
If your problem is computer-related, visit your local computer store and see what it has in the way of ergonomic products that will support your wrists when you use the computer.
Sleeping with CTS
The pain may be more severe while sleeping because of the way you fold your wrist. You may find it more comfortable to wear a splint or wrist brace to bed. Now that the problem is so common, you can find a selection of splints and wrist braces at most drugstores. You may want to wear the splint or brace during the day, too.
Natural home remedies
Exercise for CTS Prevention
A team of doctors from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Rosemont, Illinois, has developed special exercises that can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. The exercises, which decrease the median nerve pressure responsible for CTS, should be done at the start of each work shift, as a warmup exercise and again after each break.
Straighten both wrists and relax the fingers. Make a tight fist with both hands. Then bend both wrists down while keeping the fists. Hold for a count of five. Straighten both wrists and relax the fingers for a count of five. The exercise should be repeated 10 times. Then let your arms hang loosely at your sides and shake them for a couple of seconds. Don't rush through the exercise. Let the 10 cycles take about five minutes.
One Expert's CTS Cure
"Women develop carpal tunnel problems more than men do," explains Dr. Duke, "because the cyclical hormone fluctuations of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause can contribute to swelling of the tissues that surround the carpal tunnel."
Another reason he thinks he's been spared the discomfort of CTS is hand exercises. "Adopting a Chinese technique that improves flexibility," says Dr. Duke, "I hold two steel balls in one hand and roll them around when I'm not typing. The Chinese balls provide a gentle form of exercise, and the rolling motion massages the tiny muscles and ligaments of the hands and wrists." When he's at the computer, he takes frequent breaks to twirl the Chinese balls in each hand.
Chinese balls are inexpensive and readily available at Chinese markets or online. Some health food stores may also carry them.
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