Carve a Tunnel
Defy the Trend, Save Your Wrists
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is like a plague these days. Causing numb, tingly, weak or painful upper extremities, CTS is usually caused by repetitive motion or positional stress. The main cause is lots of typing, but it is also common in guitarists and massage therapists. Many sufferers go in for surgery and some end up in worse shape. Why not attack the problem at its source? CTS stems from undue pressure on the nerves through the wrist and fingers. So carve out a tunnel through the tension with this acupressure massage.
First, massage four key pressure points on the wrist. The first set of two points are precisely where the hand meets the wrist. The second set are approximately one inch up the arm. Imagine these points are on the corners of a wristband and rub with moderate pressure for 2-3 minutes.
Next, hold your hands in front of you, dangle your wrists and fingers, just letting them hang. Feel their weight as you breathe. Then shake them gently for 1-2 minutes.
Lastly, grab your right wrist firmly with your left hand and squeeze firmly, as though you are trying to push the outside and the inside wrist bones together. As you squeeze, move your right forearm away from you in a chopping, jerky motion. Repeat 3-4 times then switch wrists. If problems persist, check in with your chiropractor, who can do a more specific adjustment. In whatever stage you’re in, be conscious and kind to your wrists. They’ll hold up better under an ounce of prevention!
Hari Bhajan Singh Khalsa, D.C.
Khalsa Health Care
Recommendation: Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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