I work as a paralegal, so most of my time is spent in front of a computer typing. And then I come home and type up new blog posts. I guess you could say that I spend most of my day typing. The bad thing is that a lot of typing can produce symptoms of carpal tunnel. The good thing is that I have some easy tips and tricks to combat and reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel
Carpal tunnel is a numbness or tingling in your hand that is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve goes through the length of your arm, through a passage in your wrist, and ends in the hand. The carpal tunnel is narrowed or compressed as a result of overuse and can cause swelling in the hand.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel can include numbness, weakness, tingling, and pain in the hand or arm. Causes of carpal tunnel can be excessive typing, hyperthyroidism, trauma to the wrist, rheumatoid arthritis, or even pregnancy.
Symptoms during the day for me include pain in my wrists and stiffness in my fingers. When symptoms flare up, it is harder to type and function normally. But, I know how to reduce the symptoms!
Treatment Options for carpal tunnel
Now you know all about what carpal tunnel is. But how do you treat it besides having surgery? The natural way! *I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice and please do not take it as such.*
Use Peppermint Essential Oil to treat symptoms of carpal tunnel
Instead of surgery, I would so much rather use a homeopathic and natural remedy to treat carpal tunnel. It’s cheaper too! Try using DoTerra Peppermint Essential Oil. You can buy the oil in a roller bottle or buy a glass roller bottle to put the oil in. Simply roll the oil over your painful joints. If you don’t have a roller bottle, take a couple drops of peppermint essential oil, mixed with fractionated coconut oil, and rub into your joints. I know that when I use the oil, I experience almost instant relief. Plus, it’s smells really good.
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Get an Ergonomic Keyboard to reduce flare-ups
They may look funky, but ergonomic keyboards are the way to go. I started off working on a regular keyboard, but my wrists were aching too much. Once I switched to an ergonomic keyboard, a lot of my symptoms were relieved. It takes a while to get used to, but once you do, you will be flying typing those words.
Now, don’t think that I’m crazy, but these little puppies actually work. This is a Kinesis Advantage Ergonomic Keyboard. My mom works as a medical transcriptionist, which means that she types medical records that have been dictated by a doctor. She’s been doing this job since I was young, so that’s a lot of years of typing.
My mom has this keyboard and loves it. It takes so much pressure off of her wrists while she types because the typing position is more natural. Your hands are also lowered, which takes pressure off of the wrists, reducing the risk of carpal tunnel. THIS takes some getting used to, but the few times that I have used it have been great.
Wear Fingerless Gloves
Wearing fingerless gloves helps to keep your joints nice and toasty. These gloves are specifically made to help with arthritis, which has some of the same symptoms of carpal tunnel. By wearing fingerless gloves, your hands will be warmer and ensure better flexibility. This can help to reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel.
Use an Ergonomic Mouse
This is just wild to me. I actually never heard of an ergonomic mouse before doing some research. An ergonomic mouse is designed to let you move the computer cursor without ever moving your hand. It’s specifically designed to reduce hand movement. The best thing: you can use this thing anywhere. It doesn’t need to be on a mousepad in order for it to work. You can put the mouse on your leg and it will still work. This is great because it keeps your hand from moving too much and let’s you lower your hands below your elbows. This may just be my next purchase!
I hope some of these ideas will help you out. Remember, try using peppermint essential oil first on your joints to reduce inflammation. Switch out your keyboard and your mouse to an ergonomic shape. Use fingerless gloves if your hands get a little too cold. These tips should help to reduce symptoms of carpal tunnel.