What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
It is compression of a nerve at your wrist, which can cause numbness, tingling and pain in your palm, thumb, and most of your fingertips (depicted in blue in the picture).
- poor wrist/arm positioning at a computer
- repetitive hand and wrist work (eg cooks, musicians, painters), especially in cold temperatures
- physical work involving vibration (such as driving motorbike, operating a drill)
- pregnancy, diabetes and being overweight are all linked to carpal tunnel syndrome, as are our genetics.
- women are at higher risk than men.
Symptoms generally start as mild, some can get better on their own, but others can get worse over time.
Anyone who does repetitive tasks should begin with a short warm-up period, take regular breaks, and avoid overexertion of the hand and finger muscles whenever possible.
1. Take multiple breaks:
2. Good Posture, especially for typists and computer users.
3. Good desk and chair.
Chairs should be adjustable for height, with a supportive backrest. Sit well into your chair to get the support out of it, and keep your chair close to the desk.
4. Keyboard and Mouse Tips.
If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome and it doesn’t go away with the above advice, best to get it assessed as it might be a pinched nerve coming from the neck, or it might just need more treatment than the advice above. Give us a call on 0404-49781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.