Numb, tingling, and painful hands and arms can benefit from these methods.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition of the wrist area that can affect the hands, arms, and shoulders. It stems from a compressed nerve that runs through the wrist. Symptoms can be pain, numbness and tingling in the hand extending into the forearm and shoulder. The main symptom is periodic numbness of the thumb and first two fingers.
The primary cause of CTS are: 1) repetitive activities using your hands and arms with heavy manual work, vibrating tools, or low-force motions, 2) a previous injury that caused internal scarring or mis-aligned wrist bones, 3) diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism or any other condition that can cause swelling in the wrist area reducing the carpal tunnel and compressing nerves.
Try these natural remedies to help reduce symptoms and relieve discomfort of hand and arm use. Share what you think.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – helps reduce inflammation and pain.
Use: Add 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little organic honey to a glass of warm water. Drink twice daily.
4. Epsom salt – is a natural muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory due to its magnesium content. It can effectively relax the tightened muscles in your hands and wrists.
Use: Mix ½ to 1 cup of Epsom salt in a deep tub with warm water. Soak your hands and wrists in it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a week until you get relief from pain and stiffness.
6. Massage – your hands and wrists is an effective way to reduce some symptoms of CTS. It will activate the pressure points on your hands to increase blood supply, relax stiff muscles, improve mobility and reduce pain.
Use A: Rub some warm coconut or olive oil on your hands and wrists. Massage your arms, wrists, hands and fingers with gentle strokes for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times daily until you notice improvement in your condition.
Use B: Castor oil can also help reduce inflammation to suppress pain and restore normal functioning in your wrists.
Warm some castor oil and apply it on your hands and fingers.
Massage your wrists, thumbs, fingers and the back of your hands for 10 to 15 minutes.
Wrap your hands in flannel and leave it on for an hour.
Do this once daily for a week or until there is improvement.
Note: You can get help from a massage therapist. Do not massage if your joints feel too tender or painful.
7. Stretching Exercise – is good to flex, rotate and stretch your hands, wrists and arms several times a day when suffering from CTS. This helps increase blood circulation and may also alleviate some of the symptoms. Stretching exercises are easy and can be done while sitting at your desk, waiting in line or whenever you have a few minutes to spare.
Hand & Finger Stretches:
Make a fist, release your hand and shake out your fingers. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Put your hands in prayer position. Spread your fingers apart and keep the tips touching the fingers of the opposite hand while you open and close your palms. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes.
Wrist Extension: Press your fingers (include thumb) with your other hand up and back towards your shoulder. Hold 2 seconds and release. Repeat 5-10 times.
Wrist Flexion: Flip hand with fingers toward the ground and press with your other hand across the knuckles towards your body. Hold 2 seconds and release. Repeat 5-10 times.
Note: look for more stretching exercises that can increase circulation, movement and mobility of your wrists and hands.
8. Vitamin B6 – plays a key role in neurotransmitter synthesis and amino acid metabolism, it is essential to include more vitamin B6-rich foods in your diet.