There are a number
of specific carpal tunnel exercises that have
been developed to help eliminate the symptoms
associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. They
are simple exercises that address the muscles
of the hands and wrists in order to restore
the muscles' natural balance that often gets "out
of whack" due to excessive repetitive and/or
static flexion activities. When muscles are
overused, they become short and tight, losing
their ability to function properly. By performing
simple corrective exercises to restore balance
between muscle groups, function can return
to normal, and injuries prevented. When addressing
carpal tunnel syndrome, restoring balance to
the muscles surrounding the wrist joints can
reduce compression of the median nerve and
help eliminate the disabling symptoms that
are associated with it.
Common Carpal Tunnel Exercises, Programs and
There are a variety of exercises, programs
and carpal tunnel exercise devices on the market
that claim to eliminate the symptoms associated
with carpal tunnel syndrome. Many of the routines
are simple and short, while others are long
and complicated or involve exercises and stretches
that are known to exacerbate present symptoms.
So, how do you know which programs, exercises
or products to use?
First, make sure that the products, training
programs or exercises address muscle imbalances
in the hands and wrists. If they address the
entire upper extremity, including the upper
arm, shoulder, and back, that is even better.
The more balanced muscles are, the more likely
it is that an injury will not occur.
Second, be sure that the programs or products
utilize extension and finger abduction exercises
and do not involve squeezing, gripping or other
flexion type exercises as these types of movements
are already overused on a daily basis. In fact,
excessive flexion, gripping, squeezing and
holding objects is one of the main reasons
carpal tunnel syndrome occurs in the first
Third, be sure that the programs, exercises
or products involve active stretching and strengthening
movements that are performed simultaneously.
(Stretches must address the flexor/adductor
muscles of the hand while the exercises need
to address the extensor/abductor and pronator/supinator
muscles of the hand.
And last but not least, if it hurts to do
it while doing it, don't do it! Post exercise
soreness is normal and ok, and is NOT the same
as pain WHILE performing an exercise. Of course,
be sure that you consult your physician before
beginning any type of exercise program to be
sure that it is right for you.
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