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5 Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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5. Ice It

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by swelling, and ice helps reduce swelling naturally. Set aside some time each day to ice your wrist and hand for about 10 minutes. You can use a bag of frozen veggies. If it’s too cold to put directly on your skin, wrap it in a dish towel.

Some doctors also suggest alternating between ice and heat. To do this, you’ll get two buckets. Fill one with hot water and the other with ice water. Plunge your hand into the hot water for about 30 seconds, then move it to the ice water. Rotate back and forth 10-15 times.

Do you struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome? What natural remedies have helped bring you some relief?

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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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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

ty

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

Thx

2:25PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks.

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.
http://www.hxbenefit.com/causes-of-numbness-and-tingling-paresthesia-in-fingertips.html#carpal-tunnel-syndrome-cts

10:30PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

thank u...

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