Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the “evils of the 21st century” .
It is caused by inflammation in the wrist and caused by repetitive movements (such as writing on the computer, playing the piano, doing gardening or weaving and practicing certain sports).
It is popularly known as “the evil of the secretary” and it is very painful. In some cases it even requires a surgical intervention.
In this article we offer you the best home remedies and exercises to reduce symptoms and prevent inflammation.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
This condition, considered occupational, is more frequent in women (especially older than 40 years).
A good technique to determine if we suffer is to place the elbow on a table or desk, with the arm and hand in a straight line. Next, we will flex the wrist and move it for a minute.
If any of the following symptoms appear, you should consult a doctor:
- Tingling in the wrist or hand.
- Pain in the area.
- Numbness (also nocturnal).
- Weakness (not being able to take or hold objects).
- Rigidity of the fingers (especially thumb, index and middle).
- Feeling of heat in the fingers .
Home remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome
If you have begun to suffer the consequences of your work and feel some of the typical signs of this condition, we recommend that you use the computer and mobile in a controlled way, use rest pads and try to modify your manual work routines.
We also propose some natural remedies that can relieve pain or numbness:
1. Anti-inflammatory liquified
- 1 slice of pineapple (without peel)
- 1 small slice of ginger root
- ½ apple (red or green) without seeds.
- Chop the ingredients to facilitate the process and mix them in the blender until you get a homogeneous drink.
- Drink every morning on an empty stomach.
- We also advise you to consume pineapple several times a week for its anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Fenugreek paste
- 3 tablespoons of fenugreek flour (30 g)
- Some water
- Mix the fenugreek flour with the water and heat for 15 minutes. Remove to form a paste, which we will apply topically.
- Wait until it reaches a bearable temperature, or until it cools, and spread it over the affected area.
3. Green apple and kale smoothie
- 2 green apples
- 1 large leaf of kale
- Put the kale leaf and the two green apples , chopped and without seeds or peel in the blender jar.
- Process until you get a homogeneous mixture and, when everything is well integrated, drink.
- You can consume at any time of the day.
In this case we can consume the flowers of the plant as an infusion or prepare a poultice.
- 2 spoonfuls of ulmaria flowers (20 g)
- 1 cup of hot water (250 ml)
- Heat the water, without it boiling, and add 2 tablespoon of ulmaria flowers.
- Let it sit for a few minutes, filter and drink immediately (you can sweeten it with honey).
The other option is to make a compress with the flowers and leaves of the plant crushed with a little water or alcohol, which we will apply on the wrist.
As in the case of ulmaria, ginger can be used both internally and externally.
- 1 tablespoon ginger powder or grated (20 g)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Heat the water and, when it reaches a boil, add two teaspoons of ginger powder or grated.
- Cover, let cool and consume before it cools.
- You can drink up to 2 cups a day to enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties of this root.
For external use, we must mix ginger with water to form a paste and place on the painful wrist. Cover with a linen cloth, wait a few minutes and remove with warm water.
6. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit smoothie
- 1 slice of pineapple
- The juice of 1 orange
- The juice of 1 grapefruit
- Peel the pineapple slice, and liquefy it with the orange juice and the grapefruit juice. Strain before drinking.
- Repeat for 3 days or daily if you work with your hands.
7. Infusion of hypericum
- 3 leaves of St John’s wort
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Heat the cup of water together with the 3 leaves of St. John’s Wort and let the decoction take place for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool covered.
- Strain and drink daily. Relieves pain and tingling of wrists and hands.
- Apply cold compresses or ice in the painful area to reduce inflammation. Do not use pillow or hot baths because that makes the syndrome worse.
- Use turmeric in your usual dishes as it has very powerful anti-inflammatory effects thanks to its main component, curcumin.
If you add it to potatoes , brown rice or chicken breast, foods that contain vitamin B6, you will double the effects.
- Consume every day (may be at night or in the morning) a spoonful of flax seed oil. Continue with the treatment between 2 and 4 weeks to interrupt the process of swelling of the wrists.
We recommend you read: Why do you feel tingling in your hands and feet?
Exercises and tips for carpal tunnel syndrome
In very advanced or painful cases, doctors recommend using a splint on the affected hand at night.
This instrument has the objective of preventing you from twisting the wrist unconsciously under the body or the pillow . If during the day you can not bear to even move your hand it would also be good if you carry it.
It is necessary that you leave your wrist at rest most of the time, depending on your tasks allow it. Avoid overstressing (repetitive movements, lifting very heavy objects, etc).
If possible, take brief breaks in your workday to not demand too much from the area.
If you spend many hours on a desk in front of the computer remember that the arms should form a right angle and the wrists are parallel to the floor. Do not forget to keep your back straight all the time.
When handling the mouse do not raise the wrists: use a pad that allows support. When you have to write on the computer do it slowly and get a keyboard model that is ergonomic.
Every afternoon or evening when you get home, as well as every hour at work, stretch your hands and wrists.
Make circular movements in a clockwise and opposite direction. A very effective exercise is to stretch your arms and point your fingers towards the ceiling.