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5 Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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5 Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel can range from mild discomfort to a debilitating condition. Check out these natural remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome to help bring you some relief.

The carpal tunnel actually refers to an area in your wrist that contains a high concentration of nerves. Repetitive activities like typing can cause inflammation in this area that results in pain, tingling, or numbness in your wrist, thumb, and first two fingers.

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I have suffered from mild carpal tunnel on and off for years. I’m a freelance writer, so typing has basically been an all day, every day situation. It’s a fun job, but the discomfort is not so fun. Believe it or not, after having my baby my carpal tunnel syndrome went from mild to moderate from the way that I was carrying my son!

You can find carpal tunnel wrist braces at the pharmacy, but I’ve had mixed results with those. I had one that worked great, but it got lost, and the one I bought to replace it actually makes my pain worse. If you go for a brace, I suggest finding one that stabilizes your thumb. That was the main difference between the two braces that I have tried, and I think it was a big one.

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Taking a break from the activity that’s causing your carpal tunnel syndrome can help relieve symptoms, but if the cause is also your livelihood, that’s not always an option. That doesn’t mean that you have to suffer from hand and wrist pain, though.

Check out this slideshow of natural remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome!

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:36AM PDT on Sep 9, 2015

Thank you

7:25PM PST on Jan 7, 2015

@ Harlee M.
I have ulnar neuropathy. My neurologist said a lot of people get this from driving with their left arm up in the car window. In my case it was from years of leaning on my left elbow holding my head with my hand. Did that because of suffering from migraines and I would just try to keep working holding my head. I really don't think these exercises will help with the ulnar tunnel. For me it has just helped to make more of an effort to keep from doing what caused it. Also if you sleep with your arm curled under your pillow, that will also mess up your ulnar nerve. I discovered I was doing that also. So I do have a brace to sleep in to keep the elbow straight. That has helped a good bit. But I still am working on making myself not lean on the left elbow.

9:05AM PST on Jan 7, 2015

Mine was severe and all my neurosurgeon said was 'let's fix it.

2:33PM PST on Jan 4, 2015


6:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

I have ulnar tunnel (ring and pinkie finger.) I'm going to try doing the exercises backwards. Anyone else have ulnar tunnel? Has this worked for you? My two fingers are numb right now and sometimes feel tingly. HELP!

6:13PM PDT on May 24, 2014

Thx. I had a hand broken n have weird feelings in my hand n carpal tunnel

2:01PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014


2:25PM PST on Dec 26, 2013


6:41AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Wow! Simple and pretty effective exercises. :) Thank you!

12:38AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

It is a neurologist, orthopedist or physical therapist who can tell which exact exercises are appropriate for whom. Typing in a more relaxed way can help. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not always occur as a result of wrist overuse but also due to anatomical abnormalities in the wrist, edema in hypothyroidism, peripheral neuropathy in diabetes, etc.

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