RSI Home Remedies

HowStuffWorks.com offers an article titled 26 Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that provides a list of things you can do to prevent and treat hand problems.

For most people, the key to beating carpal tunnel syndrome is prevention: making changes before CTS becomes a problem. If you’re already experiencing some minor tingling, numbness, and burning associated with CTS, you may be able to prevent further damage and promote healing by making a few simple changes in your lifestyle.

Here’s a quick summary of the most important tips:

  • Stay in shape – You’re less likely to suffer injury if your body is physically fit
  • Pay attention to how you sleep, particularly the position of your hands
  • Lose weight – Excess weight can compress the median nerve in the wrist
  • Take breaks while you work – When your wrist, hand, or fingers feel fatigued or achy, take a break
  • As you work, keep your body and your wrists in a comfortable, neutral position
  • Give your dominant hand a break whenever possible; try using your other hand to do some tasks
  • Be aware of pressure points as you work
  • If you use vibrating tools, take frequent breaks
  • Adopting ergonomically-designed tools and workstations to reduce stress on the body
  • If you have symptoms of repetitive strain injury, use ice packs to reduce swelling and inflammation, and avoid heating the affected areas, as this causes tissues to swell, further restricting movement
  • Beware of improperly-fitted wrist splints
  • Over-the-counter medication can reduce pain and inflammation
  • Perform regular hand exercises

See the full article for the complete list …

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

2 Comments:

  1. The double buckle wrist support protects and supports our wrist injuries.

    Great resource … how stuff works have good information.

  2. Excellent post. Most of these problems can be prevented.

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