How To Deal With Carpal Tunnel
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How To Deal With Carpal Tunnel

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When you’re texting on your phone or typing on the computer, do your fingers get tired?

Your hands in generally feel the pain, right? At some point, your hands might feel paralyzed from the pain and you kept help but feel like you’re getting too old. Even though it may be because of age, it’s probably because there is so much pressure on your wrist when you’re doing the daily activities that you don’t notice you might get carpal tunnel. Never heard that word before?

What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel is basically the tingly feeling you get in your hand because of repetitive pressures from your palm and your wrist. In the anatomy of the hand, the median nerve runs from the forearms to the wrist through the passageway called, the carpal tunnel. Anything that irritates the nerve can cause this sensation. Unfortunately, it can show a few symptoms because of daily activity such as typing and texting. So here are a few tips for keeping your wrist stress-free.

Rest is needed!

Many stress comes from inflammation of the body part. To avoid a lot of inflammation on the wrist, it’s best to avoid flexion movements as much as possible. For example, if there is a day where you don’t have to work with a typing board, it’s best to give your hand a rest and avoid the flick of the wrist. It’s recommended to take regular breaks – for yourself and for your hands. If you use the keyboard a lot you would understand the struggle is real. Plus, you wouldn’t think hands can feel as painful as your back, did you? Take a few minutes every hour to rest or have microbreaks every 10 minutes to keep your hands relaxed.

Keep In Mind Posture!

Pay attention to your work area and keep your hands in a neutral position with your fingers line with your forearms and try not to overextend your wrist while typing. This will minimize the pain and risk of catching the syndrome. You can also mix up the posture to have other muscles work. Just like at the gym, it’s recommended to mix up routines to hit different muscles – but this time it’s just for your hands.

If you think about it, do you really pay attention to your hands or does it pass over your head? Before you get on that computer to write, keep in mind you should probably do some stretches and remind yourself to give yourself a pause to keep your wrist happy and avoid a terrible tingly sensation.