Carpal tunnel syndrome. A phrase that strikes fear into the heart of all frequent computer users. Though using a computer is not the only activity that will cause carpal tunnel syndrome to occur, it is the most common cause today.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, occurs when the median nerve in your wrist is compressed and becomes damaged. This is generally from repetitive wrist motion, hence the reason it is so common among computer users, cashiers and other individuals who spend the day repeating the same motions over and over on a keyboard. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that left untreated can lead to a debilitation in function.
There are many natural remedies you can use to treat carpal tunnel syndrome and keep it at bay as well. If you have a job that puts you at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, using some of these treatments can help you to ward off the condition as well.
Coenzyme Q-10 is extremely beneficial in treating and preventing carpal tunnel syndrome as it helps to improve tissue oxygenation in your body. Vitamin B complex with extra vitamin B1 is also essential as it is necessary for proper nerve function. Grape seed extract is an antioxidant and inflammatory, which can help reduce inflammation and pain.
There are herbs that can also help reduce inflammation and flexibility like aloe vera and yucca. Butcher’s Broom can also help to relieve inflammation in the wrists and hands if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Herbs such as ginkgo biloba and wintergreen assist in improving circulation to the muscles and aid in muscle function. Marshmallow root helps to sooth and soften tissues and also assists in promoting healing. Skullcap can help to relieve pain and muscle spasms that you can experience if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are of course other ways to help relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that many people already know about. Using ergonomically correct tools can help prevent it from occurring and can relieve symptoms if you already suffer from it. Taking short brakes and trying to reduce the amount of repetitive movements that you make also can help relieve pain and reduce risk of contracting carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, avoid taking any supplements that contain iron as this mineral has been suspected by physicians of aggravating swelling and pain in the joints. Additionally, you should also limit your sodium intake, as it has been proven that foods high in sodium cause water retention which can help to aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and debilitating condition that if left unchecked, can get out of hand quickly and cause crippling pain. By using these natural remedies you can not only treat carpal tunnel syndrome if you have it, but help prevent the condition from occurring as well. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.