Carpal tunnel syndrome is a term given to hand numbness and pain. It is more common in women than men. It is caused due to increased pressure on a nerve that enters into the hand through the confined space on the carpal tunnel.
Almost 10 percent of the population has been affected by this syndrome.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Numbness, tingling feeling and pain in the hand are a common symptom for this disease. One may experience an electric shock like feeling in your hand. These symptoms are mostly experienced at night and it may lead to disturbed sleep. One may find it difficult to hold equipments in the hand, for example while holding a telephone or while reading. Moving and shaking hands often helps to decrease symptoms. A feeling of clumsiness and weakness may prevail and one may find it difficult to do easy jobs such as putting buttons. In a severe and rare case, the muscles in the hand may be visibly wasted.
Carpal tunnel syndrome now requires to be dealt with more seriously than before because it is spreading through the public like a fire. The best way to curtail its spread is by preventing it at the initial stage. Hence there are certain exercises that help one to prevent this syndrome. These exercises are simple and easy to do. They do not require much time. Performing these exercises before starting work for 5 minutes can also be of great help.
Exercises to prevent this syndrome
Extending and stretching both wrists and fingers acutely as if they are in a hand stand position for 5 counts is one of the best exercises to shun carpal tunnel syndrome. Then one can straighten both wrists and fingers and relax them. The next exercise is such that one should make a tight wrist of both the hands and move them up and down for 5 counts. After that is done one should again straighten the wrist and relax the fingers. The entire exercise should be repeated 10 times and then one should leave allow their hands to hang loosely and shake them for a few seconds. These exercises are easy to do and can be done anywhere.