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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