Carpal tunnel syndrome in Louisiana is a painful condition of the hand and fingers that is caused by the compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones, alongside the tendons of the hand. It can be the result of repetitive movements over a long period, or by fluid retention, and is characterized by sensations of tingling, numbness or burning.
People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome in Louisiana often experience numbness, tingling, and a dull aching pain in the hands, particularly in the index, middle and ring fingers. This numbness and lack of circulation often results in painful wrists and/or hands and diminished grip strength.
Today we’re going to discuss some simple stretches and exercises that you can do at home to help treat carpal tunnel syndrome in Louisiana. The main thing that you need to do is stretch out your hands and wrists daily – even several times per day – to help open up the carpal ligament, which holds the tendons in place.
When the carpal ligament tightens up, it pinches the median nerve, limiting the circulation to your fingers and causing a numb aching pain in your hands. The typical treatment for this condition is surgery and literally cutting the carpel ligament open. But the recovery from such surgery is long and tedious.
Wouldn’t you rather take a couple minutes a day to do some simple stretches and exercises that will help with your overall hand health and mobility, rather than go through painful surgery and a long recovery process?
Spiders Doing Pushups On A Mirror: Start with your hands together in a prayer position and spread your fingers apart as far you can, then “steeple” the fingers by separating palms of hands, but keeping fingers together.
This stretches the palmar fascia, carpal tunnel structures, and median nerve, which is the nerve that gets irritated in a carpal tunnel syndrome. This one is so simple even your officemates won’t notice you doing it, so you don’t have any excuses for not trying it.
The Shake: This is as straightforward as it sounds – just shake hands like you’ve just washed them and are trying to air-dry them. Do this for a minute or two every hour to keep flexor muscles of your hands and its median nerve from getting cramped and tight during the day. If that sounds like a lot, you could even integrate this into your hand washing routine.
Stretch Armstrong: This last exercise is the deepest stretch of the set.
Place one arm straight out in front of you, elbow straight, with your wrist extended and fingers facing the floor.
Spread your fingers slightly and use your other hand to apply gentle pressure to the downward-facing hand, stretching your wrist and fingers as far as you’re able.
When you reach your maximum point of flexibility, hold this position for about 20 seconds.
Switch hands and repeat.
Do this two to three times on each side, and try to do this stretch every hour. After a few weeks of doing this multiple times a day, you’ll notice significant improvement in your wrist’s flexibility.
Remember that stretching is an important part of any healthy routine, but don’t limit your regimen to the exercises on this list. Every part of your body can benefit from the increased circulation, movement, and mobility that stretching can help provide.
If you feel that you may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome in Louisiana – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s talk about prevention and treatment!