The saddest thing about carpal tunnel syndrome is that it can prevent us from doing the things we love — crocheting or knitting, playing an instrument, gardening or crafting. But the good news is that natural treatment can provide lasting benefits. There are exercises, lifestyle changes, and tools you can use to ease pain while increasing your ability to move. Relieve pain associated syndrome and enjoy the things you love with these 6 simple natural remedies.
Stretch & Strengthen Your Muscles with Massage
There are a number of great stretches that can improve blood flow to your wrist and hands while increasing muscle capacity. Many of these can be done while you’re sitting and watching TV, socializing with friends, or even meditating.
Stretch your fingers, joints and hands. Massage the muscles in your forearm, especially on the palm side. Squeeze a tennis ball to strengthen the muscles in your fingers and palm. Chinese medicine balls can also provide great relief by stretching the muscles as well as further developing your muscles. Stronger hands mean less strain and will be more resistant to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Elevate What Hurts
Prop your wrist, hand or leg on a small pillow. This helps improve circulation and blood flow which can ease pain to the area. Do this especially at night.
Eat a Good Diet
Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Eat plenty of antioxidant foods like bell peppers — especially red and yellow peppers. Brightly colored fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, yellow peppers, and leafy greens have surprising benefits. Spinach is rich in B6 which can help relieve muscle pain. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA which help reduce inflammation. Pineapple is rich in bromelain — an enzyme that can break down inflammation.
Sleep with Wrist Support Braces
Always wear a wrist brace when sleeping that allows only a little wrist flexion and extension. Sleeping in the wrong position can depress carpal tunnel nerves, which causes further injury and more pain. Avoid sleeping with your head on your hands. Place hands and arms in a relaxed position.
Take a Break
Sometimes it helps to just stop whatever’s causing your symptoms for a period of time. If you use a computer, take a few hours off to concentrate on other tasks. Take a hot bath and unwind. Get plenty of sleep. The pain from carpal tunnel syndrome may just be telling your body it’s time to take a break.