How to Protect Yourself from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is described as a condition that causes a variety of symptoms in the hand and arm including a numbing feeling, tingling, and pain. While it’s not currently well understand what causes carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s often related to other conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, overuse injuries, and more.
Here are a few ways you may be able to help prevent developing CTS.
1) Maintain proper posture.
If you’re working in a field that requires repetitive use of your hands and arms, then it’s important to maintain a proper posture and to avoid overdoing it. If possible, try to take frequent breaks and perform stretches in between your tasks.
2) Choose anti-inflammatory foods.
Inflammation is one of the leading risk factors for many diseases. Processed foods, sugar, and oxidized fats can all promote inflammation in the body. Instead, choose to eat colorful fruits, vegetables, and nuts as well as wild-caught fish, all of which help reduce bodily inflammation.
3) Wear a wrist splint
Wrist splints can help stabilize your arm and they can be used day or night. Patients with CTS often prolong their recovery period by continuing to injure their nerve by bending their wrist too much. A wrist brace can help prevent that from happening.
What if You Already Have CTS?
If you’re currently trying to manage carpal tunnel syndrome, then you can still follow the above advice. Other carpal tunnel syndrome treatments that can help include ice therapy and nutritional supplementation. For those wanting to avoid CTS surgery, a health and wellness clinic can help you recover with a combination of therapies that are safe, effective, and gentler than traditional CTS treatments.