Carpal tunnel syndrome is a name to a series of symptoms that arise from an increase in pressure on nerves in the wrist. This increase in pressure can result from everyday activity including excessive typing, assembly line work or pretty much anything where your wrists are actively engaged in a repetitive motion.The symptoms of CTS include numbness, weakness, pain in the hands and wrists and will eventually worsen to your inability to make a fist and accompanied by a tingling in your hands.
All these symptoms can be typically alleviated by reducing the stress on your wrists for a couple of weeks by wearing a brace that will keep your wrist straight to avoid the bending and twisting. To prevent your even getting CTS try doing some simple exercises that can include making it a habit to take a 5 minute break to stretch and walk about every hour when working at your computer at work and home. Try not to wear watchbands or tight jewelry and garments with tight elastic sleeves that can irritate you. Also a reduction in the intensity of muscle tension in your hands when you’re grasping things as most people hold their pens unnecessarily hard. Try to minimize the amount of applied force when grabbing objects. After a hard workout or long hours of doing repetitive work be gentle on your body by taking a good break and rest, even better get a massage.
light hand exercises can also make your hands stronger and able to perform repetitious work easier. Another way to prevent CTS is to make sure that the handles are not too small or too big on your tools as big tools will add more weight to your hands and small tools will force you to constantly readjust to get a better grip and thus cause more stress on your hands. And when typing away at your computer and clicking away at your mouse make sure to tap as lightly as possible and sit up straight in your chair.
In this day and age of computer and electronic gadgets with everything getting smaller and harder to grip one should take notice of any symptoms that may flare up and treat it with much concern, this advice if followed should keep you far and away from ever getting to that point but if you do you at least know how to treat yourself.