Simple Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen DC

Last Updated on December 8, 2023

If you use a computer for work or spend a lot of time on your phone or tablet, then you may be at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a condition that affects the nerves in the hands and wrists and can cause pain, tingling, or numbness. In this blog post, we will discuss some simple tips that can help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome naturally. We will also discuss the role that chiropractic care can play in preventing and treating this condition.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? 

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that affects the median nerve in the hand. The median nerve runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand and controls sensation in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. The carpal tunnel is a small space in the wrist through which this nerve travels. CTS occurs when this nerve becomes compressed or pinched within the carpal tunnel. This compression can occur for a variety of reasons, including inflammation, arthritis, pregnancy, typing or writing for long periods of time, or performing repetitive motions with the hands. 

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Symptoms of CTS include numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. These symptoms usually come on gradually over time and typically affect one hand more than the other. In severe cases, CTS can cause loss of grip strength and difficulty performing everyday tasks such as buttoning a shirt or holding a coffee cup. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, it’s important to see a doctor so that they can properly diagnose and therefore treat your condition. 

Natural Tips to Prevent CTS 

There are some simple things that you can do to help prevent CTS from developing in the first place. First and foremost, it’s important to take breaks often if you work at a desk job or spend long periods of time typing on a computer or using your phone. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour to give your hands and wrists a break. You should also stretch your arms and hands frequently throughout the day to keep them flexible. Try doing some simple exercises like clenching your fists or making circles with your wrists to keep blood flowing to these areas. And last but not least, make sure that your computer keyboard and mouse are positioned correctly so that your wrists are in line with your forearms – avoid hunching over these devices for long periods of time. 

Chiropractic Care for CTS 

In addition to following these natural tips for preventing CTS, regular chiropractic adjustments can also help reduce your risk of developing this condition. Chiropractic care helps reduce inflammation throughout the body by restoring proper alignment to the spine and extremities. This can help relieve pressure on nerves which may be causing pain or other symptoms associated with CTS. Regular adjustments can also help improve blood flow and circulation throughout the body – including to the hands and wrists – which is essential for healing and tissue repair. If you think you may be at risk for developing CTS, talk to your chiropractor about how regular adjustments could help you prevent this condition from developing.

Final Thoughts

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hand and fingers due to compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel in the wrist. While there is no surefire way to prevent CTS completely, there are some simple things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing this condition. Taking frequent breaks throughout the day, stretching regularly, maintaining good posture, and receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can all help prevent CTS from developing – or becoming worse if you already have this condition. Talk to your chiropractor today about what steps you can take to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

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