Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Transverse section across the wrist and digits.

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Unless you are a marketer who has everything and I mean EVERYTHING set on autopilot, chances are you spend many hours typing at the computer trying to expand your business.  But watch out; There is a demon that is lurking in the mist and if you aren’t careful, it can strike!  The demon that I am referring to is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, also known as “CTS”.  This condition can have major impact on your ability to develop your business and it behooves you to be familiar with what you can do to avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that arises when the median nerve in the wrist gets compressed from inflammation of the tendons in carpal tunnel due to excessive repetitive motion of the fingers that results from prolonged periods of working at a computer.

The carpal tunnel (a.k.a. carpal canal) is a passageway for nerves and tendons that joins the forearm the the middle portion of the palm. Think of it as a tube containing wires.  The median nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel controls sensation to the thumb in addition to several fingers on the hand.  When this nerve gets compressed, a tingling sensation in these extremities can result.  If this condition goes unchecked, severe discomfort and pain can ensue.  Surgery may be required in some instances and I always like to see this get avoided if possible.

So some of the things that you need to be aware of are what can be done to prevent the symptoms of this potentially debilitating condition to arise.   One of the best things you can do right from the onset is to become aware of the angle of your wrists and arms.  The wrist and forearms should be in a horizontal position and at a 90-degree angle to your forearms.  This is known as having your arms in the neutral position.   To achieve this, it may require that you make adjustments to the height of your desk your chair.  In some instances, the height of both items may be required.

Having your wrists and arms in this position is a good way to minimize the constriction of the nerves in your wrists and can also minimize if not prevent undue strain on your elbows.  Other things you can do is take frequent rest breaks and do various stretching exercises.  A wide variety of information is available online listing various recommendations.  Wrist braces are a also a good means of providing addition needed support to maintain your wrist at proper angles.  Be nice to your body and it will return the favor!

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Note: The information in this post is in no way intended to be construed or to be substituted as professional medical advice.  It is based upon my personal recommendations and from training I received to perform ergonomic evaluations in the workplace.  After being diagnosed with mild carpal tunnel myself, I like to do whatever I can to make others aware of things they can do to help prevent this.

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