Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a painful experience and there are natural ways to remedy the pain. The syndrome often results from repetitive tasks with your hands, such as typing or doing crafts. The ligaments in your wrist become inflamed which pinches the median nerve, resulting in one or more factors. It can cause tingling or numbing in your hands, wrist and forearm. Or it can even cause pain, making it difficult to grasp. Many believe surgery is the only option, however there are natural remedies to ease your pain. Vikki, Ring, Laptop

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Homemade Rice Sock:
Fill a used and clean sock with rice. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place directly on the inside of your wrist or where it hurts the most, like your hand. If you choose to put the rice bag in the freezer instead, then you’ll want to place it on your wrist so you can reduce the swelling of the ligaments so it won’t irritate that nerve.

Supplement with Vitamin B6:
Vitamin B helps with healthy function of the nerves. The simplest way to acquire vitamin B6 is to take it in capsule form. However, you can also eat vitamin B6 rich foods, such as rice bran, melons, bananas, tuna and seeds to name a few. Many have found relief for their carpal tunnel when including B6 in their daily diet.

Massage:
Sometime the hands could just use a good massage, especially if you are working them hard. Take a small bowl and add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one drop of lavender essential oil. Have a friend or family member massage your hand, concentrating on the places it hurts the most, such as your wrist, fingers, and palm. Some have pain all the way into their forearm.

Stretching:
If you’re fortunate enough to afford great health insurance, there are physical therapy sessions designed to help treat carpal tunnel syndrome. One such exercise is taking your hand, placing it “upside down” against the wall, and lean forward to lightly stretch the muscles in your wrist. Try this throughout the day to relieve some pressure.

Most of all, you’ll want to give your hand a rest! Be sure you take some time each day to stabilize your wrist, perhaps in a splint from the pharmacy. Take it easy on your hands and try not to overuse them, or only use when really necessary. In extreme cases, some people eventually lose feeling all together in their hands, so be sure to take care of those precious babies now!

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