Carpal Tunnel Treatment and other RSI Repetitive Strain Injuries
Carpal tunnel treatment can provide relief for this syndrome which is a painful nerve problem that interferes with the use of your hand. Symptoms range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.
Carpal tunnel has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems
we face today. It affects millions of people a year due to our growing reliance on computers,
tablets or smartphones. There seems to be no end in sight.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure
on this nerve can be caused by:
Overuse Injuries – from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing.
Wear & Tear – repetitive hand movements (RSI), such as working on an assembly line, at a computer, or with power tools, can cause the tendons to become inflamed and press the nerve against the carpal tunnel.
A Misaligned Joint – an injury to the wrist or arthritis in the wrist joint can cause a bone to protrude in to the carpal tunnel. The tunnel becomes narrower, putting pressure on the median nerve. An injury to the neck can also cause the median nerve to swell and press against the tunnel.
Fluid Retention – can cause the tissue in the carpal tunnel to swell and presses on the median nerve. This can be caused during pregnancy or due to some common medications.
There are a number of different methods for Carpal Tunnel treatment, these may include:
carpal bones in the wrist to improve mobility
releasing tension of tendons at the elbow with deep tissue massage, dry needling and specific trigger point releases
assessment of the neck to relieve possible pinched nerves referring to the hand
stretching, and strengthening exercises of the wrist and forearm
These type of care, along with advice for home such as stretches and rehabilitation exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel.
How to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
To keep pressure off the nerve in your wrist, keep your wrist in a neutral (straight) position. Avoid twisting, bending, pinching, or pressing motions. Rest your hand often. Avoid making repetitive movements or holding objects in one position for long periods.