Exercises That Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve condition marked by pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand. This feeling usually concentrates around the wrist. This condition is caused by a compression of the median nerve in the wrist.

The median nerve is one of the two major nerves in the hand that passes through a narrow space in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. This nerve causes the fingers and nerves to respond appropriately to external stimuli like touch and pain.

There are several reasons people develop carpal tunnel syndrome, some of them permanent. Some women who develop this syndrome after pregnancy only experience it for a short while. It never goes away for others. If you have this syndrome, there are certain exercises you can do to get relief. In this article, you will learn these exercises and how to do them the right way. Read on to find out.

Hand squeezes

You can do this with a stress ball or something else like a face towel or washcloth rolled into a ball. Follow these steps [1]:

  • Hold the ball in your hand and gently squeeze for five seconds.
  • Relax your grip.
  • Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Perform this exercise three times daily.