What can I do for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the result of compression of the median nerve as it passes under the carpal tunnel situated on the palmar side of your wrist. This results in weakness, pins and needles of the thumb, index finger, middle finger and sometimes half of the ring finger and at later stage waste of the muscles of the thenar eminence. Anything mechanical that compresses the nerve can cause CTS, however, fluid retention often seen during pregnancy can also cause CTS.
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What You'll Do
- In order to relieve pressure on the median nerve, you can stretch both the nerve and the flexor retinaculum ligament. 1- Stretch the nerve: Nerves are actually quite elastic, allowing you to do all sorts of movements. -Step 1- In order to stretch the median nerve lift the arm up as to bring the elbow at shoulder line (90 degree flexion), bend the elbow as much as you can having the palm of your hand facing you and then stretch the wrist backwards (push the dorsal side of your hand down). -Step 2- Now you want to do the opposite movements at the elbow and wrist joint: having the arm still up at 90 degree, extend your elbow (make it straight) and flex your wrist ( push the palm of your hand towards you. - Step 3- repeat these 2 steps continuously for 2-3 minutes.
- Stretch the flexor retinaculum: These can be stretched by self-massage. Use your thumb to massage the front of your wrist joint. You can do a combination of circular movements or downward direction movements.
Tips & Warnings
- CTS can be caused by a number of things such as brachial plexus injury (nerves forming a plexus from your neck), disc prolapses pushing on the nerves of your neck or tight muscles compressing on the brachial plexus. CTS can also be an early sign of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) however if MS is present is unlikely that CTS is the only symptom present. Anyway it should not be taken lightly. If CTS persists for more than 4 days visit your local GP or Osteopath.
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