Greetings from Dr. T:
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, causing pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb. The carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a "tunnel" through which the nerves leading to the hand extend.
You can help prevent CTS or alleviate symptoms by making some simple changes such as:
- Stretching or flexing your shoulders, arms, and fingers before beginning work and at frequent intervals.
- Alternating tasks to reduce repetitive movements. Set up your workstation to reduce strain on your body.
- Modifying your work environment. If you use a computer, use an adjustable keyboard table and chair, and a wrist rest. A trackball mouse which is shaped to support the palm is great for hand support.
- Eating antioxidant foods, including fruits such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes, and vegetables such as squash and bell pepper.
- Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1 - 2 capsules or 1 tablespoonful of oil daily, can help decrease inflammation
-Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can provide relief.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.