Have you noticed tingling, pain, or numbness in your hands? These are symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Proper wrist posture in the workplace is key to preventing pain and avoiding CTS.
People tend to type with backward or forward facing angles, often resting their wrists on the edge of their desk, causng pressure on your median nerve, reducing circulation, and creating CTS.
Proper posture: Always keep your wrist straight when typing. If you are going to rest the hand on the desk, rest the whole forearm on your desk, creating a straight line from forearm through the tips of your fingers. By focusing on the alignment of your hand and wrist when typing, you can increase blood flow to that area, decreasing pain, inflammation, and reducing your chances of developing CTS. Implement this posture daily for optimal results.
Exercise: A great tool to have around the office is a golf ball. This simple object can be used for various exercises to promote blood flow.
The first exercise can be done by placing the golf ball between your two hands and rolling it around in circles on your palms. Repeat as often as desired.
Take the golf ball in one hand and place it on the top of your opposite forearm, gently roll the ball in your palm over your forearms. This will bring blood flow to the area and help alleviate some tightness felt in the arm. Repeat on the opposite side.
Do these exercises daily to increase circulation and reduce symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We recommend implementing them with the daily hand stretch blog. Enjoy!