Carpal Tunnel Home Remedies — Part 1
For most patients, the key to beating carpal tunnel syndrome is prevention. Making changes before this becomes a problem will help it to stay away. If you’re already experiencing some minor tingling, numbness, and burning that is associated with this problem, you may be able to prevent further damage and promote healing by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle.
Our carpal tunnel home remedies will help you keep your hands and wrists healthy, as well has help reduce carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. However, if your symptoms are sever (like if they interfere with your everyday activities), and they don’t resolve after 2 weeks of self care, contact your doctor immediately.
Check out our carpal tunnel home remedies below:
Stay in shape
You’ll be less likely to suffer from injuries if your body has proper circulation and works well. Help your body out by eating nutritiously, getting adequate sleep and rest, and exercising regularly. It is also important to be sure to avoid smoking, which may inhibit circulation to the rest of your body, including wrists and hands.
Don’t make it worse while you sleep
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms may often come on while you’re asleep, and will wake you up. Some doctors believe this is because the fluid in the body is redistributed when you lie down, so more of it accumulates in your wrist, causing excess pain. Another contributing factor may be your sleeping position. If you sleep with your wrist bent or tucked under your pillow or head, this can cause compression of the median nerve. When you settle down for the night, allow your wrist or hand to lie flat on your mattress. You may also want to ask your doctor about a splint to wear while you’re sleeping.
Take some weight off
Excess weight can compress the median nerve in the wrist, so try to keep your weight within five to ten pounds of your ideal weight. Do this by eating smartly and healthily, and getting plenty of exercise each day. If you’re unsure of how to do this, consult a doctor or a registered dietitian.
Take little breaks
Fatigue or tiredness in the joints or muscles is actually a warning sign to change your posture and/or pattern of movement. When your hand, wrist, or fingers feel fatigued or achy, take a break! Shake out your hands, and if possible, get up and walk around or at least stretch out your arms and adjust your position. Even a one- to two-minute break every 20 or thirty minutes helps, as does a longer break of about 10 to 15 minutes every hour or two.
If you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome, try these at home remedies first. You may find that your symptoms gradually decrease with time if you do this. However, if your symptoms have persisted and you have severe pain or problems, talk to your doctor today. Our offices offer an endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure that may help you to stop experiencing symptoms. Talk to our offices contact Reynolds Cosmetics today at 702.410.9800 to schedule your consultation.