Do you suffer from a painful wrist? Is it getting in the way of your daily life? Then take a look below to find out some of the ways you can relieve carpal tunnel symptoms.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be painful and debilitating. However, there are a number of ways to relieve the symptoms of this problem.

 

How to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can try the following methods:

 

Rest Your Wrist

  • When possible, take rest breaks while you are performing activities that flex or bend your wrist. Aim to take at least a five-minute break every hour.
  • If your work involves using the computer, set an alarm on your computer as a reminder to lift your hand and wiggle your fingers.
  • Don’t continue doing activities that put stress on your wrist. For example, if you work on a computer all day, try to avoid using it at night.
  • Try using an ergonomic keyboard and/or a wrist rest to take some of the pressure off your wrist.

 

Wear a Splint at Night

Wearing a splint at night holds your wrist still while you sleep. This can help reduce any tingling and numbness you may feel throughout the night.

 

Ice Your Wrist

  • If you do repetitive motions throughout the day, such as a lot of writing or computer use, apply ice to your wrist to help relieve the pain. This will help reduce any swelling in your wrist.
  • Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, using a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel or an ice pack.

 

Massage Your Wrist

  • Massage your wrist for five to ten minutes, twice a day, to help ease the pain.
  • For effective massage, apply lotion to your fingers. Gently massage by moving the tips of your fingers across your palm and down to your wrist.

 

Medication

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, (Advil or Motrin) help reduce inflammation and provide short-term relief.
  • If the pain is severe, talk to your doctor who may prescribe cortisone.

 

Carpal Tunnel Exercises

Exercising your hand helps to stretch the muscles and improve blood flow to your wrist and hand. Make time in your day to do some of the following exercises:

Finger Stretches

These exercises will help stretch the area around the median nerve.

  • First, make a fist. Next, slowly uncurl your fingers until they are pointing up straight. Repeat five to 10 times three times a day.Make a fist. Open your hand and fan out your fingers, stretching them as far as you can. Repeat five to 10 times.

Wrist Stretches

  • Stretching your wrist helps make more space for the median nerve and so helps relieve the pain.
  • Put the tip of your thumb and pinky finger together.
  • Bend your three middle fingers over this bridge, toward your palm.
  • Using your other hand, try to straighten the three middle fingers out, resisting as much as possible. Hold each stretch for a count of five.
  • Do this stretch three times a day.

Wrist Circles

  • Hold your palms down and your hands out.
  • Rotate both your wrists five times in each direction.

Thumb Stretch

  • Hold out your right hand.
  • Grasp your right thumb with your left hand.
  • Pull your thumb out and back until you feel a gentle stretch.
  • Hold for five to ten seconds, then release.
  • Repeat three to five times on each thumb.

A painful hand or wrist can interfere with your daily life and activities. If you have been diagnosed with Carpal tunnel problems, you could try some of the methods outlined above to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms you are experiencing. Consult your doctor to see what the best treatment for your needs is.