According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the nerves that run from the forearms into the palm get squeezed at the wrist. This median nerve controls small muscles in the hand and provides feeling from the wrist to the extended fingers. Irritated tendons and swelled narrows of the tunnel can compress the nerve, causing excruciating pain throughout the hand and wrist, as well as the forearm and arm.
While there's no single explanation of carpal tunnel syndrome, some of the common causes include repeated work stress and use of tools, mechanical problems in the wrist, fluid retention during pregnancy or the development of a tumor.
If you're dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, here are a few ways to combat the pain:
Take regular breaks throughout the day
Everyday tasks and activities that used to come as second nature might be more difficult, causing pain associated with carpal tunnel. To reduce the harsh feelings take regular breaks throughout the day, William Seitz, MD, a hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgeon told the Cleveland Clinic.
"Think about the activities that you think may be causing numbness and pain in your wrist and try to stop or reduce them," Seitz said. "You can resume the activity when your symptoms improve."
Consider setting a timer to take a break from work tasks every 15 minutes to wiggle your fingers and rotate your wrists.
Soak your wrists
Submerging your wrists in cold and warm water at different points throughout the day can help combat aching in your bones, joints and muscles. Get into the following routine, and see if you notice a difference:
- In the morning: Soak your wrists in an ice bath for 10 to 15 minutes.
- In the evening: Submerge your hand in water that is between 92 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and gently flex your wrist three to four times.
Practice wrist exercises
The great thing about exercising your wrists is that you can do it from anywhere at any given point of the day, no matter if you're at work, the grocery store or sitting on your couch watching television. Healthline recommended making a fist, and then extending your fingers forward until they are completely straight. Repeat this motion five to 10 times, multiple times a day to relieve pressure caused by carpal tunnel.
Try the IMAK RSI SmartGlove
Sometimes, even with a few improvements to your lifestyle, the pain can still be debilitating. To ease the pressure you're experiencing, try the IMAK RSI SmartGlove. This patented product is designed to help prevent and relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and tendonitis by keeping your hand and wrist in the proper position while you use your hand for typing or other repetitive movements. The SmartGlove features a flexible support splint, is reversible to fit either hand and contains a massaging ergoBeads pad to provide comfort and improve circulation.
Don't let the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome keep you from completing everyday tasks. Consider these tips and purchase your IMAK RSI SmartGlove today.