Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Easy Steps to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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"Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. It occurs when the median nerve that runs from the forearm to hand becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist area. This nerve is what controls the sensations in the thumb, first three fingers (excluding the little finger) and the palm. It also is the nerve that controls impulses in the smaller muscle groups in the hand that allow movement. The carpal tunnel itself is a rigid, narrow channel of ligaments and bone. It lies at the base of the hand, housing most of the median nerve and tendons.

A person gets carpal tunnel syndrome when this channel of ligament and bone thickens and the tunnel is narrowed. This can happen due to swelling of inflamed tendons or other swelling within the tunnel. This swelling compresses the median nerve causing pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the hand and wrist and can even radiate up the arm. This type of condition, broadly known as an entrapment neuropathy, can occur in any part of the body where the body's peripheral nerves are traumatized or compressed. Of the entrapment neuropathies, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and most widely known.

There is usually not just one factor that contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome. Often, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are the result of a congenital predisposition. This simply means that the carpal tunnel is smaller in some people than in others. Trauma or injury can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome. A sprain or fracture can cause swelling, thus compressing the median nerve. Rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, work stress, mechanical problems within the wrist joint, fluid retention, frequent use of vibrating tools and cysts or tumors in the carpal tunnel can all be additional causes of the syndrome. Sometimes, however, there is not identifiable cause.

There are steps that can be taken to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly in the workplace. Ideally, you should try to incorporate several, if not all of these preventative measures into your own workplace in order to increase your chances of preventing the condition.


Stretching exercises can help prevent carpal tunnel by increasing circulation to the area which can keep the tendons and ligaments from swelling.

Frequent Breaks

Taking frequent breaks will give your body a break. It will break up the activity and keep the tendons and ligaments from becoming inflamed.


Maintaining good posture and proper wrist position can reduce pressure on the wrist area and prevent inflammation and swelling."    (Continued via Ezine Articles)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Safe Computing Tips said...

Hi Ergonomics News

Carpal tunnel exercise for Wrist is that, first make a loose fist with your right hand, then keep the palm in upward position and after that use the left hand to press it gently down against the clenched hand. Now resist the force of the left hand with the closed right hand for five seconds, but be sure that the wrist is kept straight. After that turn the right hand fist palm downwards and press it against the knuckles with the left hand for five seconds and after that finally, turn the right palm in such a way that the thumb-side of the fist is up and press down again for five seconds. After this repeat the same process with the left hand.

Second simple Carpal tunnel exercise is that which is called as wrist circles. According to this wrist circle draw clockwise circles in air with the tips of second and third fingers, which are kept up and close together. After that repeat the same process with left hand.

Third easy Carpal tunnel exercise is that first hold a hand straight up next to the shoulder with fingers together and palm facing outward, somewhat like a shoulder-high salute position. After that, bend the hand backward with the fingers still held together with the help of another hand and hold it for five seconds. After that open the fingers and thumb with the hand being in the same bent back position and hold it for five seconds. Now repeat the same process with another hand.

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