Does your hand ever feel like it’s going to sleep? Do you feel a numb tingling and aching pain? You may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a common condition caused by repetitive movement such as working on a computer or playing an instrument. Fortunately, you can treat carpal tunnel syndrome without the need for invasive surgery or potentially addictive and deadly pain medications. There are a number of therapies you can try at home or under the guidance of a health and wellness doctor that can be immensely beneficial.
What exactly is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common ailment that can affect the hands, wrists, elbows and forearms. It is caused by repetitive movement that pinches the median nerve which runs from your forearm to your hand through a narrow space called the carpal tunnel.
Lifestyle Adjustments to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are a number of lifestyle adjustments you can make that may provide relief.
Avoid making repetitive movements whenever possible. If you can, take a break from the repetitive motion — if only for a few minutes. Try stretching exercises to work out any strain and provide flexibility.
Ice your wrist with an ice pad or in an ice bath for 10 to 15 minutes, or once or twice an hour. You can also soak your hand in warm water (about 90 degrees) to help contain the swelling and throbbing. Flex your hand and wrist gently following the soak.
Wear a wrist splint or brace at night to limit movement to the wrists. This will help because the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome flares up especially during the night when you’re sleeping with your wrist bent.
Working with a yoga instructor who specializes in techniques to ease carpal tunnel syndrome may prove helpful. Likewise, we’d also recommend massage therapy, acupuncture, and hydrodissection needle surgery for extreme cases.
Alternatives to Invasive Surgery
While some doctors do recommend invasive surgery, we have seen lasting and encouraging results through a more natural approach to carpal tunnel therapy. Massage, hydrodissection surgery, yoga and exercise can provide lasting relief.