4 Tips to Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I want to thank Eva from our lockout partner at Premier who submitted this article on carpal tunnel, we’ve had several people at our facility including myself develop this issue. Please take a moment to review this article it might help you in the long run.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the effects and problems associated with pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. It can include weakness, numbness, tingling, and a number of other issues in the hand. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, and the effects of CTS are caused when there is pressure on the carpal tunnel. This pressure is most commonly caused by swelling due to illness, repetitive hand motions, or due to pregnancy. So if you suffer from an illness which can impact your carpal tunnel, you work in a job where you have repetitive hand and wrist motions, or you are pregnant, here are 4 tips to help you reduce your chances of CTS.
  • Stretch – There are a number of specific stretches designed to keep your wrist and hands limber. These stretches will help alleviate swelling in the carpal tunnel and help reduce the likelihood of symptoms from CTS. Yoga and other flexibility-based exercises will also help to stretch this area.
  • Improve your Posture – If you sit at a desk all day, make sure you are sitting properly. This means you should be sitting up with your work in front of you. Bring your work station down as far as possible without touching your legs, then straighten out your arms and keep your wrists and hands in line with your forearms. Do not lean forward, as it will put unnecessary pressure on your hands and wrists. If you work with tools, be sure not to grip them too firmly, use the proper tool for the job, and change up how and where you grip your tools.
  • Take Breaks – Taking breaks will help alleviate any tension or pressure in your wrists. Getting up every 15 to 20 minutes can help prevent the effects of CTS. These breaks can be to get a cup of water, use the restroom, or simply stretch your wrists quickly at your desk.
  • Stay Healthy – Losing weight, exercising, and quitting smoking can all help prevent CTS. The healthier you are, the less likely you will be to be impacted by CTS.

Ultimately, there is no true prevention for CTS. But by following these tips, you can dramatically decrease your likelihood of having any CTS symptoms.

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