Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the pressure on the median nerve in the wrist causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand. Eventually, loss of sensation and weakness in the hands may also occur. Illness, pregnancy, and obesity can cause carpal tunnel, and rest and exercises are in many cases the only mainstream answers besides surgery. If surgery is not affordable, there are a number of methods that can relieve carpal tunnel pain and contribute to pain-free hand use.

How can I prevent carpal tunnel?

  • Overuse of forceful or repetitive hand and wrist movements lead to increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, so sparing use of the hands and wrists can prevent carpal tunnel.
  • Making sure any activity or workspace is ergonomic is helpful, because it focuses on optimal tool placement to keep the body in a healthy position and improve body mechanics.
  • Frequent breaks from activities to rest, stretch, change position, and alternate activity can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel?

  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the fingers or hands.

How do I get rid of carpal tunnel?

  • There are many methods of relieving carpal tunnel pressure, starting with acupuncture and acupressure. Both methods release blockages of energy and many sessions of each can stimulate blood flow to the wrists and hands and ease numbness and swelling in the areas.
  • A vitamin B6 deficiency has been associated with carpal tunnel, so eating foods rich in vitamin B6 can be helpful after about six weeks. Foods to eat are sweet potatoes, avocados, brown rice, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, salmon, pork, chicken, turkey, potatoes, bok choy, barley, bananas, and mangoes.
  • If at all possible, rotate jobs that require different muscles and try not performing the same task for more than a few hours at a time.
  • Stop using tools that create vibration, like sanders, jackhammers, chisels, chainsaws, grinders, riveters, and drills.
  • Keep the wrist and hand busy with stretches and wrist curls to stay limber.
  • Learn a forearm massage you can perform on yourself to release built-up pressure from constant use of hands and wrists.
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