Carpal_Tunel_Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common painful disease associated by repetitive motions of the wrists which is linked to continuous rapid use of the fingers. A disorder that affect many people today and it is considered as the curse of modern existence. It results by the compression of the median nerve which controls the feeling and the movement of parts of the hand such as the thumb muscles. This compression is the result of increased pressure on the median tendons in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a small opening below the surface of the wrist through which the median nerve passes. Anything that puts pressure on the median nerve can lead to CTS.

Women between the ages of 29 and 62 appear to be the most affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. They are three times more likely than men to get carpal tunnel syndrome while older people are at greater risk for CPS than younger people.

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually affects the dominate hand, although most cases affect both hands eventually.

 

 

 

Causes

Among the causes that are responsible to provoke carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Family history
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Oral cotraseptives
  • Metabolic and inflammatory conditions (diabetes, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism)
  • Certain injuries to the wrist
  • Menopause
  • Excessive use of a computer

The majority of cases have been remedied using alternative therapies over a period of several weeks or months without having to resort to surgery.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of CTS tend to develop gradually and usually start off being worse at night or early in the morning.

  • tingling
  • a feeling of numbness in the hands
  • a dull ache and discomfort in the hand, forearm or upper arm
  • a burning sensation in the hand
  • becoming less sensitive to touch
  • weakness and atrophy of the muscles at the base of the thumb and first two fingers.

 

Recommendations

  • If you work at a computer situate your body so that your forearms lay flat and your wrists straight.
  • Head, neck, and trunk should be faced forward, not twisted.
  • Use ergonomic tools
  • Stretch the affected areas
  • Take frequent rest breaks to shake arms and legs, lean back, and change position throughout the work day
  • Wear the wrist splints. It will help to reduce pressure on the affected wrist
  • A physical therapist can teach you strengthening exercises
  • Take vitamin B6 or even better vitamin B-complex
  • Do not eat salt
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor.
  • Try to work in a warm, dry place.
  • Maintain ideal weight, and lose weight if necessary
  • Avoid foods containing sodium
  • If possible, stop all repetitive finger movements for several days

 

Exercises for CTS

1) Turn your wrists upwards pointing your fingers towards the ceiling. Clench both hands firmly in a fist and squeeze hard. Flex your wrists down, hold for around five seconds and then relax them. Allow your arms to drop to your sides and gently shake your fingers.

2) Clench your hand into a fist, then straighten your thumb and fingers. Flex your wrist back, then move your thumb as far from your palm as possible. Keep this position for around five seconds, then turn your wrist around so your palm is facing upwards. Hold your thumb with the other hand and gently pull it away from your palm. Keep for this for around five seconds. Repeat the whole process five times.

3) Keeping your neck free of tension will help your shoulders, and therefore could help ease carpal tunnel pain. Gently allow your head to fall forward with its own weight, roll it towards your left shoulder then back again, and let your jaw relax. Now roll your head to your right should, then forwards and up. Again repeat the whole exercise five times.

4) Start with your hands together in prayer position.

Spread fingers apart as far you can, then “steeple” the fingers by separating palms of hands, but keeping fingers together.

  

 

Beneficial Herbs 

Herb

Form

Benefits

Aloe Vera

Juice, gel

Restores flexibility, anti-inflammatory

Arnica

Cream

Provides quick pain relief

Ashwagandha

Gelcaps

Anti-inflammatory

Boswelia

Tablets

Anti-inflammatory. Reduces swelling

Bromelain

Tablets

Stimulates circulation; anti-inflammatory

Butcher’s broom

Tablets

Stops swelling caused by repetitive motion stress

Cayenne

Cream

Anti-inflammatory

Chaparral and osha

Hand bath

Provides long-term inflammation relief

Corn silk

Tea bag

Stops muscle cramps.

Devil’s claw

Capsules

Relieves pain, restores flexibility

Gingko biloba

Tea, capsule

Improves circulation, aids nerve function

Marshmallow root

Cream

Soothes and softens tissue

Parsley

Tincture, capsule tablet,

Keeps swelling down

Skullcap

Extract

Relieves muscle spasms

St. John’s Wort

Capsules

Improves transmission over the median nerve. Stimulates circulation

Turmeric

Poultice

Relieves pain, anti-inflammatory

Wintergreen

Oil

Relieve muscle pain; increases circulation

Yarrow

Tea, capsules

Restores flexibility, anti-inflammatory

 

In the market there are also some formulas which help the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.