The development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a painful and frustrating experience – it is therefore highly recommended that you stay educated on the causes, warning signs and treatment of the condition.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to the compression of the median nerve as it passes into your hand. This nerve is located on the palm side of your hand and is also referred to as the carpal tunnel.
This nerve provides sensation to your thumb, index finger, long finger and part of your ring finger – in other words, it provides these areas of the body with the ability to feel.
Swelling inside the wrist causes the compression in the carpal tunnel and can lead to numbness, weakness and tingling on the side of your hand, near the thumb.
The condition can occur in one or both of your hands.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The pain that is experienced in the carpal tunnel is caused by excess pressure in your wrist, inflammation and swelling.
This inflammation is mostly caused by underlying medical conditions, which can include the following:
- Thyroid dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune disorders like arthritis
- Fractures or wrist trauma
Who Is at Risk for Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is mostly diagnosed in people between the ages of 30 and 60 years old. Women are three times more likely to develop the condition than men.
There are lifestyle factors that can also increase your risk, and these include smoking, high salt intake, a sedentary lifestyle as well as having a high body mass index (BMI).
Even your job can increase your risk, especially if you work in one of these fields:
- Assembly line work
- Keyboard occupations
- Construction work
How Can We Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
By using the science of movement, or Biokinetics, we can assist in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
We incorporate stretching and strengthening exercises to relieve the symptoms. This releases pressure on the tendons and makes the muscles stronger, making them less susceptible to injuries.
Stretching of the muscles around the wrist can help to relieve the tension from the tendons in the carpal tunnel and will improve the grip strength to prevent things from falling and dropping out of your hand.
If you would like more information about how we can treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please contact us.
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