New York Carpal Tunnel Exercises
Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is the cause of the median nerve being compressed as it passes through the tiny bony carpal near the wrist. Cts can result in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. Here’s some New York carpal tunnel exercises can help relieve your symptoms and are easy to do.
Prayer: Put your hand in a prayer position. Touch your palm side finger pads together and push the palms into each other while keeping the elbows up as much as you can. You should feel a strong stretch in the hands, fingers, and palm side of the forearms.
Shake: Shake your hands for 10-15 seconds like you just washed them and you’re trying to air dry them
Wrist Flexion Stretch: Hold your arm out in front of you with the elbow straight, palm facing down. With the opposite hand, bend the wrist as far downward as possible so the fingers point to the ground. This will produce a strong stretch in the muscles located in the back or top of the forearm. Repeat five to ten times holding each stretch for 15–20 seconds (as tolerated).
These New York carpal tunnel exercises can be repeated a few times per day, as frequent as once per hour. It’s helpful to set a timer on your phone to remind you when to perform the stretches and when to take a break. A good pain (stretch) is safe while a sharp pain indicates that what you’re doing could be harmful. If you experience this pain, stop the exercise you are doing.
Cts usually involves more than just the wrist, so these New York carpal tunnel exercises can also be done in conjunction with exercises that target the neck, shoulder, and elbow. There can be double crush syndrome as well, which is when the median nerve is entrapped in more than one location such as the neck, shoulder, elbow, or forearm (along with the wrist).
Further to doing these New York carpal tunnel exercise, chiropractic management can significantly help cts. This may include manipulation and mobilization of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder, and neck. Muscle release techniques are often used along with physical therapy modalities like laser, electric stimulation, ultrasound, and others. Night splints will also help to keep the wrist in place during the night. Co-management with primary care could be an option if diabetes, inflammatory arthritis, and or other complicating conditions are present.
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