Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve of the arm gets compressed in a narrow tunnel passing through the centre of the wrist. This causes irritation of the nerve leading to tingling, pain and weakness. Typically, this problem affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Some people may also experience pain in their forearm.
Commonly thought to be caused by the repetitive strain of typing or using a computer mouse, it can also be caused by Pregnancy, Obesity, Smoking and any illness that reduces blood flow. Improving the blood flow is the first step towards relief.
Wearing a brace at night, anti-inflammatory drugs and rest from the cause (if work related) can all help to alleviate the symptoms.
However, to stop the problem from re-occurring massage, stretching and strengthening exercises are recommended.
With massage and stretching, aim for a full, pain-free range of motion at the wrist before moving on to strengthening exercises. These exercises should correct the muscle imbalances that have occurred due to the repetitive strain or overuse injury.
If you need help and advise with any injury and want to talk it through, please feel free to contact me .