Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition which occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm into the hand becomes pressured or squeezed at the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur in about 1 in every 100 people at some stage in their lifetime and the symptoms are typically pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, moving up the arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms can begin gradually, with the feeling of burning, tingling, or numbness felt in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The thumb and the index and middle fingers can be specifically affected.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often caused by repetitive strain on the wrist, often because a persons work, hobby or sport dictates a repetitive motion or movement.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also be due to a congenital predisposition where the physical carpal tunnel is smaller in certain people than in others. A trauma or injury to the wrist and hand area, such as a sprain or fraction, can also cause the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There are numerous treatments and proposed cures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but one of the most popular and straightforward self-help remedies are exercises designed to alleviate the symptoms.
Certain studies have concluded that if patients suffer from mild Carpal Tunnel symptoms then exercises can enable them to avoid surgery and provide the most effective relief when compared to other non-surgical treatments.
It is important to note that if a person suffers from severe or persistent Carpal Tunnel symptoms that they should consult their doctor or health practitioner as appropriate.
Stretching exercises performed for the hands and wrists at regular times throughout the day, even at times when no pain or discomfort is felt, can be extremely effective at managing the symptoms.
Over time you will learn the best exercises for your particular symptoms and when the right time to perform them. Occasionally you may be able to prevent the symptoms from repeating altogether or at least minimize the pain associated with the condition.