Carpal tunnel syndrome is well known to people who perform repetitive and mechanical gestures. It is also a very common occupational disease even if certain movements on the computer and sports or music can also be the cause. This compression of the median nerve affects women three times more than men, but no one is immune. Because of compression through the carpal tunnel of the median nerve at the wrist, problems can extend from the palm of the hand and the first fingers (including the base of the thumb) to the arms. This induces loss of sensitivity, loss of strength, tingling in the fingers, tingling, numbness and excruciating pain. Here are some natural grandmother remedies and techniques for pain relief.
A good massage
Prepare a mixture of 4 drops of coated wintergreen, 3 drops of arnica vegetable oil and 5 drops of St. John’s worst vegetable oil. Massage the thumb, wrist and forearm area with your preparation. Relief guaranteed! You can also mix 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil diluted with 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Also add 2 to 3 drops of coated wintergreen essential oil and massage well.
Cold or hot against pain related to the carpal tunnel
Cold has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Prepare a compress with ice cubes wrapped in a thin cloth and apply this for ten minutes on the painful area. Repeat every hour. After applying cold, do a good massage to stimulate the blood flow and limit the stiffening of the muscles. Natural home remedies are very helpful to relief the carpal tunnel.
We’ve already talked about clay poultices for pain (especially when we shared our tips for heavy legs or in our article on the relaxing poultice). Several times a day, apply a good layer of slightly warm clay on a handkerchief or a compress and apply this on the wrist. Leave on for at least 15 minutes (an hour would be ideal). This should quickly relieve your painful carpal tunnel!
Can you relieve carpal tunnel symptoms on your own?
The symptoms caused by carpal tunnel syndrome are synonymous with many discomforts that can disrupt daily life. But is it possible to reduce the related pains by you? Yes, it is indeed possible to take a few actions that can certainly reduce the symptoms of the less advanced forms of this pathology. Here are some options available to you.
Stretching and exercises
The carpal tunnel is an area located at the junction of the hand and forearm in which are located the nine flexor tendons as well as the median nerve which gives sensitivity to the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. In some situations, and often because of the swelling and inflammation that can appear in the tendons, pressure on the median nerve compromises blood circulation and oxygenation of nerve cells. This causes incapacitating pain such as tingling, numbness and burning sensations in the hands. To reduce pressure on the median nerve and promote blood circulation, arm and hand stretching exercises can be effective. The poses of flexion’s and extensions such as those practiced in yoga are intended to make the channel less rigid and to reduce the pressure locally. If you want to start this type of exercise, you can consult the medical guide Treat your own carpal tunnel syndrome in which several stretches are proposed by Dr. Brutus, hand surgeon.
Change in habits and work environment
Pay special attention to the activities that trigger the symptoms of the pathology and avoid them for a few days. You should also consider modifying your work environment to adopt proper postures that avoid any form of pressure on your wrist. If you are doing office work, get an ergonomic keyboard and use forearm supports to prevent wrist extension when using the mouse. If wrist support is added to the keyboard, make sure it does not increase pressure in the carpal tunnel. For other areas of employment, avoid tasks that put pressure on the wrist, avoid vibrating tools, and take breaks and alternate tasks regularly.
Available in pharmacies, orthotics or specialist occupational therapists, orthotics allow the nerve to rest in the canal. As a result, canal pressure during flexion and extension movements of the wrist is reduced. The orthotics should be worn overnight for up to four to six weeks. Then stop wearing the orthotics and observe if the symptoms reappear or increase in intensity. In the second case, it is best to consult a hand specialist.
If there are no contraindications, you can take no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (A.I.N.S) such as ibuprofen for a few days.
Stay Healthier Note
There are other ways to reduce the pain caused by carpal tunnel pathology. However, it is important not to ignore the problem and to treat this pathology quickly. If you have tried to treat your carpal tunnel you can see all home remedies treatment on our site Stay Healthier.