Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a painful inflammatory condition, which results in a sharp pain, tingling and burning sensation in the hands and fingers; mostly as a result of activities like sewing, typing, painting, etc. and also during some health conditions like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, etc. It occurs as a result of compression of the median nerve while passing through the carpal tunnel in the hand. It is more commonly seen in women.
Some Of The Natural Remedies For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Are
The inflammation in the tendons of the carpal tunnel can be reduced by placing an ice pack over the affected area for 10-15 minutes, twice a day. If advice you can exchange the therapy with alternately putting hands in cold water and hot water for 30 seconds each for some time.
A wrist stretch done in a proper manner can help reduce the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome and can help open that compressed area. First, sit or stand up straight and raise your arms so that they are parallel to the floor. Then, close your fists. Now, inhale and while exhaling, make a wrist turn so that your fist points towards the floor and you can feel a stretch in the wrist. Hold for about 15 seconds. With the next exhale, bring your hands back to the neutral position with your fist open and spread your fingers wide. Now, pull your fingers back as much as possible and hold for about 10 seconds. Repeat the same 10 times.
You can use this exercise to reduce the pain in your thumb. First keep your right hand over a flat surface with your fingers spread out wide. Now hold the thumb of your right hand with your left hand and stretch it away, gently. Hold in this place for about 10 seconds. Now repeat this same procedure for the left hand. These steps can be practiced for about 10 times.
Keeping your hands in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes is an effective therapy as it improvises the blood supply to the area, thereby relaxing the nerves and relieving the pain. Also, adding Epsom salt to the water reduces the swelling faster.
Massage is one of the effective ways to reduce the pain and tingling sensation since it improves the blood circulation and stimulates the nerves. You can take some mustard oil, eucalyptus oil or lavender oil for this in a heated state and use it to massage it over the affected area for 10-15 minutes. You can repeat this when required.
Vitamin B6 Food
It is advised for such patients to consume Vitamin B 6 and B12 containing supplements. Food rich in Vitamin B is cereals like rice and wheat, eggs, cheese, meat, dried fruits, nuts, avocados, fish (Tuna, Salmon), fruits like bananas, etc. It is advised to consume about 200mg Vitamin B in a day.
Wearing a wrist splint will help you keep your fingers and wrist in a fixed state, thereby avoiding any pressure on the nerves. But the duration for which a splint can be worn must always be verified.
If your work is such that it requires continuous hand movements, then you must also make it a routine to take adequate rest in between heavy working hours so that your hand gets sufficient time to relax. While holding a heavy object, make use of your entire palm or hand to lift it and not just the index finger, middle finger and the thumb so as to distribute the load equally.
Consume Anti-Inflammatory Food
Fruits like pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain which is advised to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Anti-inflammatory spice like turmeric (contains curcumin) and ginger is also helpful in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.
Keep Your Hands Straight While Sleeping
While sleeping we don’t realize how often our hand goes under the pillow and gets compressed. This leads to blood accumulation in that area. To prevent this from happening, try to keep your hands straight on the bed with your wrists lying flat on the bed. Also, you can stack pillows and keep your hand on the pillows to elevate the hand while sleeping.
Magnesium-Rich Food Intake
It is important to improve the magnesium intake as elemental magnesium stimulates the nerves and improves blood circulation. Consume foods rich in magnesium like legumes, fish, nuts, green vegetables, seeds, dark chocolate, etc.
Improve Your Daily Routine
If your work demands continuous hand movements, then you must make it a point to stay healthy and fit by taking a proper nutritious diet and doing regular exercises. Also, you must avoid smoking and alcohol. Try to keep your hands in a neutral position so that the pressure on the wrist is less. Also, try to keep your body weight under control. Replace the processed food you consume with fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, salad, etc.