Are you looking for carpal tunnel syndrome exercises that may help relieve the symptoms or improve function?

In this short video Our Osteopath Dr Shehan will demonstrate a collection of carpal tunnel syndrome exercises. These exercises may help you to reduce the symptoms and assist in recovery.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a space at the front of the wrist. A tough membrane helps to form the tunnel. This makes the roof to a natural arch produced by a group of wrist bones known as the carpal bones. The purpose of this membrane is to keep the tendons, arteries and nerves that pass underneath it in place.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by pressure to the large median nerve. The median nerve can be compressed as it passes through the front of the wrist and into the hand. It is common in middle aged females and during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and increased fluid. Over use of the hand, fingers and or forearm can also be a cause. It can also develop in people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and for seemingly no reason at all.

The symptoms can be irritating. Most people experience numbness in most of the hand except for the little finger. They may also experience pain that shoots up from the wrist into the arm. Pain is often worse at night.

Sometimes exercises and stretches may help to relive the pressure in the carpal tunnel. The reduced pressure may reduce the irritation of the median nerve in this space. Exercises may also assist in ‘moving along’ or reducing fluid in the wrist.

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