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10 Ways to Relieve the Pain of Carpal Tunnel Without Surgery

Posted on 7th Oct 2011 @ 1:53 PM


Millions of people around the world suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and frequently deal with soreness, stiffness, and pain -- often on a daily basis. Not only does this discomfort reduce their productivity at work, but it also affects almost every aspect of their lives. Even a house full of ergonomic products may not solve the problem completely.

A small portion of carpal tunnel sufferers elects to correct the problem surgically. But that method has its own implications: missed work, recuperation time, medical costs, and post-surgical physical therapy. So it's not surprising that lots of people would rather treat their carpal tunnel syndrome without going under the knife.

Luckily, there are numerous ways to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome … none of which involve an operating room. Here are ten of them.

  1. Limber up your fingers by holding out your hand with the palm facing away and bending back the fingers with your other hand.
  2. Keep your wrists flexible by rotating them clockwise several times, then repeating the motion in a counterclockwise direction.
  3. Strengthen your wrist by letting it go limp and then pressing the backs of your fingers against the palm of your other hand (and then repeating the exercise with the other wrist).
  4. After every half hour of typing, stretch out your fingers and wrists by balling each hand up into a fist and then completely spreading out the fingers. Repeat several times.
  5. Keep your wrists still. Concentrate on keeping them in one position while typing and moving only your fingers.
  6. Take frequent breaks from typing or other activities which require repetitive motion.
  7. Switch to a headset to avoid exacerbating your carpal tunnel syndrome by holding a phone to your ear for long periods of time.
  8. Apply topical ointments like CT cream or pain relief gels on a regular basis.
  9. Seek out non-medical treatments like acupuncture, acupressure, or massage to keep your wrists, hands, and arms loose and healthy.
  10. Invest in a high-quality wrist brace (or two) that will provide additional support for your wrists, while minimizing the strain on your affected joints. Wear the wrist braces not only at work, but also during activities like slicing vegetables, exercising, or knitting. You can even wear it at night to prevent the additional stress that can be placed on your wrists if you sleep with them in a bent position.

Everyone would like to avoid surgery. Adopting these dozen strategies can reduce or even eliminate the pain and discomfort that carpal tunnel syndrome can cause -- without having a doctor cut into your body!

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