Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease which is a disorder of the hand and wrist. This happens due to inflamed tissues pressing against a primary nerve causing numbness, pain and weakness. The primary reason why this develops is due to repetitive motion. Typing for example is a repetitive motion and for many individuals is the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you do have carpal tunnel syndrome there are a few tips which you can follow which would help you relieve the pain.
If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or are a typist and perform a lot of typing or data entry then you should go easy and take frequent breaks. While typing don’t rest your hands against a hard surface as this tends to aggravate the situation. Try using a wrist rest while typing or roll a hand towel and place in under your wrist for support. Avoid banging away on the keys as you type instead use a lighter softer touch to depress the keys. While resting your hands make sure that they are not in the position that they would be in case you were typing, Place them in your lap or at your sides
Make sure that the level of your keyboard and that of your lower arm are at the same height. This would help avoid undue strain on the wrist and the arms as well allowing you to type faster as well as be in a more relaxed position. Make sure that the wrists are aligned straight to the forearm and are not at an angle. This would help reducing the pressure on the wrist. Make sure you don’t have to flex your wrist up or down while typing and that your arms are as close to your body as possible.
Exercise your hands regularly but making your hands into fists and releasing it a couple of times. Rotate the wrists inwards and outwards a few times when you are taking a break. Shake out your hands as if you were trying to dust water off it after a hand wash. Stretch the fingers by extending them and gently bending the wrist backwards and forwards. Hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds.
Make sure that you avoid being over weight as this also can put an additional strain on your nerves. Exercise regularly and make sure that you eat well and get enough of rest to help boost the body’s circulation and rejuvenation.
If you are in unbearable pain for a long time then consult your doctor who might advise you complete rest and even a wrist brace if the condition is very serious.