Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) describes a feeling of numbness, pain, tingling, burning or weakness in the hands and arms.
It's caused by pressure on the median nerve which runs from your arms into your hands. Swelling in your wrist may pinch the nerve, resulting in the discomfort described above. The only digit CTS doesn't affect is the pinky.
But, if you go to the doctor, he'll want you to rest your hands, or worse, operate on them. And this could mean up to six weeks of not being able to work.
If you would rather treat your CTS naturally, keep reading below...
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive motions are a major cause. Typing, needlework, like sewing and knitting, painting, playing an instrument, and other work that requires repetitive motion.
It can also be brought on if you suffer from thyroidism, diabetes
, or if you are pregnant.
The first symptoms you may notice is that your hands 'fall asleep' at night while you're sleeping. In this case, you'll wake up with 'pins and needles' in your hand and arm.
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Supplements that help ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Take a powerful antioxidant
, like lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E or beta-carotene. This helps treat the inflammation. Blueberries are also a great antioxidant. Stay away from sugar and refined carbs, like cakes, bread and processed cereals.
Another inflammation buster is omega-3. You can get them in supplement form, or increase your intake of healthy fats, like olive oil, salmon, tuna and sardines.
Vitamin B6 could be very helpful in treating the pain
. You can buy vitamin B6 supplements at a chemist. Foods rich in B6 are spinach, cauliflower, oranges, bananas and chicken.
Keep reading for some exercise you can do to help ease the swelling and pain.
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Gentle exercises that help soothe the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When you move your hands and wrists, do so gently so that you don't agravate the painful site.
Try doing these simple stretching exercises each morning:
* Circle your wrists in full range of motion, but least in any direction that causes discomfort or pain.
* Create full wrist flexion with your forearm parallel to the ground so that your hand moves downward and your palm faces inward. Extending your wrist may hurt a little, and isn’t all that useful for this condition.
* Press the back of your hand into the earth so your palm is facing upward and your fingers are pointing towards you.