Carpal tunnel syndrome: 6 prevention tips



Prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome

Before the onset of pain or tingles, some simple tips can help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome (SCC). By being careful and correcting daily movements, you could avoid pain. Here are some tips to slow down the progression of this condition or to prevent its onset.

 

Tip 1: adopt good positions

Pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is due to compression of the median nerve inside the wrist. To avoid it, make sure that your hand is as often as possible lined up with the forearm.

Also be careful while gripping, it will take time but it will progressively become automatic. To help you instinctively correct harmful movements, don’t hesitate to wear a flexible brace for activity in prevention. CARP’ACTIV™* by EPITACT® is designed to limit the range of motion of the wrist and sudden stops in your movements that favour carpal tunnel syndrome . Flexible, thin and discreet, this brace is developed to help you unconsciously correct your position.

 

Tip 2: avoid repetitive movements

It is well-know that repetitive movements are one of the main causes of this carpal tunnel syndrome . Limiting them will allow you to reduce its risks, progression or pain. To do so, identify all the repetitive tasks you do. Get information about the equipment available to improve workplace ergonomics and do the same at home!

Wringing out a mop particularly uses the median nerve. This traumatic twisting movement of the wrist is even more harmful if it is recurrent! It is better to opt for a mop wringer rather than a simple mop.

You are one of those who types hard on the keyboard? Maybe you’re addict to computer mouse? A dictation software could limit keyword typing and reduce the risks. You can also protect your joint from intense use of the mouse thanks to a wrist rest.

Also choose pneumatic pruning shears or electric hedge trimmer to relieve your joints. However, be careful with vibrations...

 

Tip 3: limit exposure to vibrations

Some anti-vibration solutions can save your wrist when using electric devices (drill, hammer drill, hedge trimmer, chainsaw, etc.). Opt for tools with ergonomic handles for example. Ergonomic solutions to properly place the wrist while limiting vibrations exist for motorcycles and bicycles.

 

Tip 4: reduce the frequency of your activities

If you ever had carpal tunnel syndrome and have identified its origin (occupation, sport, etc.), reduce the frequency and intensity of this activity. Make sure to regularly rest your joints. When you have to do repetitive movements or when your hands are very close or far from your body and you have to force, get some breaks.

 

Tip 5: Protect your wrists from cold

Cold contributes to muscle and tendon stiffness, or even reduce blood flow. To avoid this, wear gloves that keep your joints warm and limit the risks. With fingerless gloves, you preserve the sense of touch while protecting your hands. They can be added to work gloves to protect you from both cold and harmful activities.

 

Tip 6: Do some stretches

Some simple exercises help you relieve pain or delay the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome . Do not hesitate to consult your general practitioner so that he/she can prescribe you appropriate treatment. You could progressively do these exercises to relieve your joint and reduce tingling.

 

This syndrome affects a lot of people and has both human and economic consequences that should be taken into consideration. More and more people exposed to higher risks take measures to improve daily attention and comfort. Prevention remains an important lever to fight against this condition.

How to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

*CARP’ACTIV™ is a class I medical device that bears the CE marking under this regulation. Carefully read the instructions before use. Manufacturer: MILLET Innovation. 11/2021

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