Shira’s Tips

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome afflicts many people who perform repetitive motions in their daily routines.  Pain develops in the region of the wrist that meets the hand, causing significant pain and discomfort throughout the day.

There are a number of reasons why individuals develop pain in this area.

For instance, those who have jobs that require continuous motion in a relatively limited range of motion are prime candidates for wrist pain.  Factory assembly jobs or spending long hours typing at a desk are common causes of this type of injury.

Remedies for occupational pain include standing or sitting up straight while keeping the abdominal muscles taut.  Keyboards should therefore be placed in a geometry that does not require you to bend your wrists upward or hunch over to reach the keys.  When you keep the back straight, all your bones and muscles fall into their natural alignment.  This allows plenty of room for the nerves to pass through the body unimpeded.

A surprising number of people also sleep with their hands curled under their wrists.  Over time, this can irritate muscles on the inside of the forearm that become short and tight due to the position of  the hand.

A solution is to hug a thick pillow which prevents the hands from curling under and the shoulders from rolling forward (another cause of nerve compression and pain.

Many people find it helpful to sleep with a night brace along with an Isotoner glove. These help alleviate nerve compression and the placement of hands in awkward positions.