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5 Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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carpal tunnel wrist stretch

1. Wrist Stretches

A good wrist stretch can help open up the compressed area and relieve some of that carpal tunnel discomfort. This stretch has helped me quite a bit. Here’s what you do:

  • Sitting or standing up straight, raise your arms so that they are straight out in front of you, parallel to the floor. Make fists with both hands.
  • Inhale, and when you exhale, bend your wrists, so that your fists are now pointing toward the floor. You should feel a light stretch in your forearms and your wrists. Hold for a slow count of 7.
  • On your next exhale, bring your hands back to neutral, and open your fists, spreading your fingers wide. Flex your wrists, so that you’re making a stop motion with both hands, pulling your fingers back as much as you can. You’ll feel a stretch on the underside of your wrists. Hold for another slow count of 7.
  • Repeat the steps above 10 times.

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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.

10:30PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

thank u...

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