Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting the hand and wrist. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Any condition that decreases the size of the carpal tunnel or enlarges the tissues inside the tunnel can produce the symptoms of CTS.
This syndrome has received a lot of attention in recent years because of suggestions that it may be linked with occupations that require repeated use of the hands, such as typing on a computer keyboard or doing assembly work. Actually, many people develop this condition regardless of the type of work they do.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, I want you to try this super easy and often helpful tip to help ease your symptoms. The next time you’re feeling tingling or pain in your hand and fingers, do this.
Place your hands on your belly. With your other hand, firmly grasp the middle and ring fingers of your sore hand. While securely squeezing your fingers, gently begin to pull your arms apart. You should feel as though you’re two fingers are being stretched out. Hold this stretch for 30 to 60 seconds. You may find that this tactic can help you keep your symptoms at bay. (The picture below shows me self treating my right hand.)
For more information on carpal tunnel syndrome, I invite you to read the document on my clinic website called “A Patient’s Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” It’s easy to read, has visually appealing graphics, and gives you helpful information on the causes and treatments for this common malady.