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Carpal tunnel syndrome can make your hands feel ‘numb’—here’s 7 prevention tips

Nov 14 2018 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~Smriti Jha

 

Are you one among them whose fingers are glued with keyboards or mouse? If you frequently experience pain, numbness, tingling in thumb or fingers and the pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm, it’s likely you are suffering from a “carpal tunnel syndrome.”

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is known as squeezed median nerve of wrist – a nerve that runs down the forearm and into the palm of your hand. This is the nerve that controls the sensations and impulses sent to muscles that control movement of the fingers and thumb. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can make it difficult to grab and hold objects.

 

Often, symptoms start with a swelling and burning or itching sensation in the thumb, index and middle fingers. Symptoms tend to be worse in the mornings, and may go away entirely during the day.

 

7 tips to beat Carpal tunnel syndrome at workplace

Here are few tips to prevent your wrist and hands.

 

  1. Good posture and hand movement

Keep your shoulder and back straight. Let your wrists rest on the desk in a relaxed neutral position. Don’t slouch. Use comfortable mouse pad and avoid extended hand movement for long.

 

  1. Keep office ergonomics guidelines in mind by understanding body mechanics

Extend your wrist and hands to the optimum reachable height. There are ergonomics keyboard and mouse available in the market which helps reduce muscle injury and strain while typing and hence, reduce the risk of syndrome.

 

  1. Shed your extra pounds

Weight management is the ultimate tool for unwanted diseases. Enough research studies have shown that obesity is associated with increased prevalence of this syndrome.

 

  1. Take frequent short breaks in between

Voluntarily taking small breaks in between work is going to be helpful. Avoid using phones or doing other work. Give rest to your fingers. Massages or applying ice packs is a wise idea.

 

  1. Wear hand splints to keep your wrist straight

The purpose of wearing hands splints is to keep the wrist straight while performi repetitive task. It also reduces the stress on the joints.

 

  1. Finger-less gloves

If the cold atmosphere at workstation shakes your hands and makes your fingers stiff, it is not a bad idea to wear finger-less gloves. It provides mild compression, adds natural warmth and relieves symptoms.

 

  1. Acupuncture

This is the best alternative therapy to get relief from the painful symptoms of this syndrome.

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