We have been providing treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome in San Francisco for over 20 years now in the Financial District, where it's not uncommon for those involved in finance, legal, social media, and technology, to spend 10-12 hours per day in front of a computer doing repetitive motions.
Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common problem that is often associated with
work related activities. Our focus this month is on how to prevent CTS. Of
course, if you already have CTS, read this Health Update to learn preventative
measures that also work while you receive treatment for CTS.
The concept is to think about
prevention as a matter of economics; as you lose time from work because of CTS,
if affects your bottom line, and I’m sure you have bills to pay and mouths to
feed (…or, at least one)! So please take the advice offered here seriously, as
we are genuine about our concern for your well-being and not losing work time
is a huge component of all of our “well-being!”
If you’ve experienced sore wrists,
hands, sudden sharp jabs of pain up the forearm, noted numbness and/or burning
in your fingers (especially the index through 4th / ring finger), wake up at
night needing to shake and flick your fingers to “wake them up,” have weakness
in your grip strength, are slowing down at work (whether it’s typing/computer
work, assembly line work, cooking, waitressing, and so on), you NEED to do the
following NOW! The goal here is prevent work loss and surgery (as up to 6 weeks
lost work time will be required if surgery is needed).
measures: This starts with a healthy diet. STOP eating foods that inflame
such as omega 6 rich foods (“GOOGLE” omega 6 and print out the list of
food). Emphasize fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and AVOID grains
because of glutens, which many of us have a sensitivity against. Vitamins
such as a multiple, magnesium, fish oil (omega 3’s), Vitamin D3, and CoQ10
are GREAT! Freeze water in a small cup and rub it on the wrist/carpal tunnel
until it gets numb (takes 3-5 minutes) and do that 2-3 times a day.
Consider natural anti-inflammatories such as ginger, turmeric, cercumen,
bioflavinoides and others.
fist, “High-5” (opened hand with the fingers fanned out) reps, wrist
extensions on the wall/table stretches (elbows straight).
Rest: Cock-up splint,
take mini-breaks, and get sound/restoring sleep. IT REALLY HELPS!
modifications: Position your computer keyboard, mouse and monitor so that
you are looking straight ahead at a slight downward angle and your elbows
are at a 90° or slightly less of an angle when typing. Set an alarm on
your computer to go off every 15 minutes as a reminder to “shake and
flick” your hands, wiggle your fingers, do your stretches, and/or squeeze
a soft ball. Write with a fat pen vs. a skinny one – this helps a lot!
Obesity is a common risk factor for developing CTS.
Manage other health
issues: Diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory arthritis, neck/shoulder
or elbow problems can all contribute to or, even cause CTS.
Think of the above measures as
minimums and obtain professional care to help you. You have choices between the
traditional medical model of cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory medication, and
surgery vs. chiropractic: manipulation and mobilization of the fingers, hand,
wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck as needed, splinting at night,
anti-inflammatory diet and nutrients, ergonomic modification and exercise
training, which ALL will help to treat as well as prevent future CTS problems,
EVEN IF you’ve had surgery already!
We realize you have a choice in who
you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your
trust in choosing our service for those needs.
If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be
honored to render our services.To schedule an appointment for carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation and tour.Serving local 94111 for over 20 yearsRelated Carpal Tunnel Syndrom Articles:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Yoga StretchesCarpal Tunnel Syndrome Facts