Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Remedies & Exercises March 24 2016
How can you treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
This month, Ask ERGO is focusing on one of the most common work-related injuries in the office: Carpal tunnel syndrome.
A few weeks ago, we discussed the common ways people can get carpal tunnel in the workplace. But what happens if you’re in pain? Indeed, along with selling carpal tunnel-friendly ergonomic mousepads and keyboards [insert link], Ask ERGO has some advice and physical therapy exercises that can help you cope with carpal tunnel. The following exercises are simple and easy to do - even at your desk!
For longterm pain-free solutions, businesses should consult an expert like ERGO Works who can help make their workspace injury-free. Many times, our ergonomic experts visit for a consultation and make simple, budget-friendly changes in the office to help people stay healthy at their cubicles or work stations. In fact, there have been many times where we visit offices and consult with employees who have carpal tunnel syndrome - we definitely know a thing or two about making your workspace healthy for those wrists!
If your business is in the Palo Alto, CA area and you're interested in scheduling a consultation, call Ask ERGO Works today! Our mission and passion is to keep the office pain-free.
In the meantime, along with exercises, here are some key points to keep in mind if you work at a desk and suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome:
1) Level out your keyboard: Keep padding underneath your wrist to make it level while you type or operate a mouse. A strained wrist is often the cause of improper angle when typing or clicking - so keep it as flat as you can! Click here to shop our wrist pad inventory.
2) Arm rests are important: Make sure your arm rests allow for your forearms to be at a 90-degree angle at your elbow. Much like your wrists, any upward angles will cause unnecessary strains in your hand. Check out our selection of arm rests here!
3) Give those wrists a break! Every hour, you should spend 5-10 minutes standing and/or doing an activity away from your desk and your keyboard.
4) Have a stress ball handy. Anytime you take a break, it might be a good idea to have something to squeeze - this allows you to build up the muscles surrounding your wrists, which helps you become more resistant to injuries like carpal tunnel.
Ask ERGO is here to help you stay healthy at your desk - call today to receive an ergonomic consultation for your business!