We have discussed the topic of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) exercises previously but because this topic is so important, it warrants another look at this subject from a different perspective. Please keep in mind there are many exercises that will help patients with CTS, including a general, aerobic exercise program. In other words, just staying in shape will greatly enhance your health and is therapeutically beneficial for many conditions, including CTS. Remember, if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 25 (especially 30) and/or, if your waist size is greater than 35” (especially 40”), then the risk for developing CTS increases significantly. Therefore, diet and exercise are important components of improving your overall health—including conditions like CTS! Here are five exercises and/or suggestions for managing CTS:
Stretching helps to breakup adhesions that form in the carpal tunnel.
Place the palms together, fingers straight & pointing up (prayer
position). Keeping the heels of the hands together, slowly lower the
hands and raise the elbows so that the angle at the wrist decreases.
Push your fingers together for 5 sec. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat up
to 10 times, depending on time availability. Do this multiple times a
Using a hand weight or TheraTubing, assume the same position as #1
above and slowly raise the weight or stretch the tubing by flexing the
wrist with the palm in each of 4 positions: palm up, thumb up, palm
down, and pinky up. Use your opposite hand to support your wrist with
the pinky up.
Consider modifying your workstation, especially if your monitor is off
to a side or too high, if your elbows are bent more than 90°, and/or if
your forearms are digging into the edge of the desk. Use a trackball
mouse so your arm can stay still and consider a larger screen, an
ergonomic keyboard (one that is not flat), and a good chair with
adjustable arms to rest the forearms on.
Sit tall with your chin tucked in (no chin poking!), relax your
shoulders (no shrugging), feet flat on the floor or on a box, and take
mini-breaks at your workstation. If you have to, set a timer for every
30-60 minutes that will remind you to stretch.
Let’s take a look at how carpal tunnel syndrome or the thought of having surgery for it can create stress in your life and how our carpal tunnel syndrome protocols at Coast Chiropractic Centers in Fort Myers could change your very life, for the good.
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