Good Hand Health Tips
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Reversible By Doing This One Habit
Hand and wrist problems are the second most common reason people miss work in the U.S., an average of 25 days a year. These missed days from work reflect the necessity of resting the hands. A doctor commonly prescribes 2 weeks of hand rest. Assuming your hands were just temporarily overworked, resting may completely alleviate your condition.
For those of us with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain symptoms due to cumulative stress conditions, our risk factors are higher. In the same way heart disease has known risk factors, so too does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Determine your risk factor level by taking a 10 question, Risk Factor Assessment Test.
Building in the Habit of Rest
The problem with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the multitude of factors needing attention.
- Are you resting your forearms at the end of the day? Or are you coming home from work and engaging in other manual activities until bedtime?
- Do you take periodic breaks every 20-30 minutes during the day? Or are you intensely engaged in holding a postural position like sitting?
When we neglect taking time recovering from our day, inflammation, wear and tear and tension results. It’s an annoying little fact that as we age we need more time to recover from our physical activities. Recovering from activities is easier when we frequently break-up the holding patterns our work requires. Like young children playing, frequently moving in and out of positions will prevent tension from building.
From this day forth, begin building the habit of resting your hands frequently while you work. For some, resting the hands on your lap for 20 seconds will drain the tension. Try that now. Do you feel how your breath becomes deeper as you consciously relax?
For others, bringing the hands to your sides and shaking them will reduce the accumulation of stress. Try that now. By taking these short breaks frequently throughout your day, tissue damaging tension can be minimized. This is especially important for women. According to the National Institutes of Health, women are three times more likely than men to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Resting your hands is the number one habit to build because it reverses the affects of cumulative stress.
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