Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, CTS, occurs when repetitive stress to the hand and wrist cause the major nerve that passes over the carpal bones to be compressed.
This condition is painful and causes tingling and numbness in the hands, common symptoms of CTS.
With sore hands, numbness and wrist pain many of the activities of the holidays become difficult to perform, and often result in even more pain.
How to enjoy the Holidays in spite of CTS? Here are some tips:
1- Take breaks to stretch your hands and fingers and rest during the day.
You will get more done with less pain if you take breaks to recover. You should rest and stretch at least every two hours.
2- There are many different types of hand stretches and exercises that are good for your hands.
One to stay away from is the so called “stress ball” squeeze. Ironically this is probably the worst thing you can do for your hands for CTS relief. Instead of relieving stress, it creates more stress on the compressed nerve.
3- A reverse flex with a wide elastic band around your finger tips and thumb nail “opposite of a squeeze” is one of the best gentle stretching exercises for CTS prevention.
4- The best way to do any stretch, is to stretch gently and then hold the gentle stretch for only about 5 – 10 seconds.
Then release and rest for 5 seconds and repeat the stretch for 10 – 15 repetitions. Long intense stretching can do more damage than good for injured soft tissue.
5- Let someone else do the heavy lifting..
There are a number of things people can do proactively to avoid the increased discomfort at this busy time.
Follow these tips and you can enjoy the holiday season to the fullest without pain, without dropping things and without the sleep loss commonly associated with CTS.
Source: First Hand Medical