Carpal Tunnel Syndrome aka Repetitive Strain Injury

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeWhat is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also known as Repetitive Strain Injury

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that occurs in the hands, wrists, or fingers. There is a narrow passageway in the hands, which is referred to as carpal tunnel. The tunnel serves as the protector of a main nerve that connects to the hand and nine tendons that allows the fingers to bend. When there is pressure to the nerves, you will then feel pain, which would ultimately lead to weakness in your hand. This is not a permanent condition and could be reversed by the right treatment, which would restore normal hand functions.

 

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Injuries. When the hand suffers from any injury or trauma, especially at the wrist area, you are very most likely to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Repetitive straining of the wrist area. When the wrist becomes overused and is strained often, it could also lead to the condition. For instance, typing and other strenuous work on the hands or using the hands to do repetitive gripping and pinching motions could bring about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Diseases. There are certain diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritis, which could lead to the condition.
  • Factors that could create pressure to the carpal tunnel could lead to the condition. Some of these factors include swelling of the tendons, bone spurs, and even tumours.
  • Conditions that would result to a higher requirement for Vitamin B6. Some of these conditions include menopausal in women, pregnancy, using oral contraceptives, and those who are undergoing haemodialysis.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These are the symptoms that you need to watch out for if you suspect that you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Initially, you would feel numbness or pain in your hand and wrists.
  • There is pain in the first 3 fingers. The pain would usually worsen during nighttime
  • Hands getting weak, rendering you unable to do precision gripping
  • The pain would get worse whenever you would be applying some pressure on your hand, or whenever you would be using it repetitively. When you rest, you will feel the pain going away.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Make sure that your wrists get a good rest. If you would keep on working, doing the same thing, ensure that you apply good working practices. Having a good posture can help too.
  • Employ the Bowen technique, which is a set of therapies that could very much help the condition. You could also go for self-massage, acupuncture, and professional massage. These could help reduce the pain in the affected area, as well as the inflammation.
  • Use a hot and cold compress. This could help in reducing inflammation. You can alternate between an ice cold flannel and heated flannel on the fingers and the wrists where pain is felt.
  • Try to do wrist and finger exercises on a daily basis. You can try stretching your wrists and fingers daily. You could also do meditation, yoga, and relaxation. These exercises could help in reducing the pressure or compression of the nerve, and could help in reducing the stress that is felt when suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Some Nutrition Tips

  • Try to avoid a diet that has a high protein content. Also steer clear of food colouring, most especially the yellow dye in various foods as this has been linked to the occurrence of the condition. You could also include an adequate amount of protein but not too much.
  • Eat foods that could provide your body with proper nutrition like organic fruits and vegetables. You could also have organic grains, beans, seeds, and nuts. You can have these raw or cooked.
  • Limit the amount of caffeine, or if possible avoid it. Taking in instant coffee could aggravate the pain that you feel.
  • Also reduce the amount of saturated fat, alcohol, and refined sugar.
  • Avoid foods that could bring about sensitivities and allergies.
  • Don’t forget water. Drink at least 8 glasses of fresh water daily.

Some Supplements for You

  • Vitamin B6 (25mg – 50mg 3 times daily). This vitamin is very important for proper nerve function, a deficiency of which could lead to the condition. If you are already suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, then you must at least take Vitamin B6 for 3 months before you could see improvements.
  • Vitamin B Complex (1 – 2 tablets daily). This is also important since it aids the body in absorbing Vitamin B6 and is also very important for proper nerve functioning.
  • Vitamin C (1500mg daily). This helps in reducing inflammation especially in the tendons and muscles. It also aids in healing the body.
  • Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM) (2g daily). This is a natural sulphur compound that could help in relieving you of pain brought about by compression.
  • Bromelain (250mg – 750mg 2 times daily taken on empty stomach). This is an enzyme taken from pineapples that helps in reducing bruising and inflammation. The enzyme also aids in the healing process.
  • Evening primrose oil (3000mg daily), flax oil (1-2 tbsp daily), and fish oil (3000mg daily). These could help in reducing joint inflammation.

Some Beneficial Herbs for You

  • Devil’s claw (500mg of dried root daily). This is an herb that has anti-inflammatory properties that could help in reducing the swelling and the pain. It could also improve joint mobility.
  • Celery seed (500mg to 3g daily). This is widely used to reduce the swelling and the pain. This is a well-known natural diuretic and could be helpful in preventing the build-up of fluids.
  • White Willow bark (1g-2g daily). This is a natural pain reliever that contains the ingredient used in aspirins.
  • St. John’s Wort (2g-5g of dried root daily). This is highly popular for the positive effects in creates on anxiety and mild depression. It also has anti-inflammatory properties especially concerning nerve conditions.
  • Other herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties include yucca, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, and aloe vera.
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