When you're suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms can be so severe that you're unable to perform your job duties. You could be feeling numbness in your fingers and hands, pain and other problems that prevent you from typing or using a computer. It might even feel as if there's absolutely nothing you can do to get better.
However -- as you will see in the tips that follow -- you can take certain precautions that could enable you to eradicate or prevent carpal tunnel. If you want to take your health back into your own hands, literally, follow these tips:
- Take take care of your general health. Control your weight, don't smoke and be sure to get regular exercise.
- Keep your hands and fingers flexible with regular stretching throughout the day.
- Don't do anything that appears to aggravate numbness or pain in your fingers and hands.
- Whenever you're doing any kind of hand or wrist activity, spread the pressure evenly throughout your hand. Only slightly bend your wrists and don't do activities that cause you to bend your wrists for long periods of time.
- Always use good posture when sitting at a computer.
- Try using a wrist splint that will stabilize the motion of your wrist while working and sleeping.
- Reduce the amount of salt you consume.
- Change positions and switch hands as often as you can.
The above tips and tricks are not miracle cures, but they could resolve your carpal tunnel problems to prevent your case from becoming serious. If your carpal tunnel problems persist, be sure to reach out to a medical professional for advice and guidance, and don't forget that you might be able to receive workers' compensation benefits to pay for your medical care if your carpal tunnel is work-related.