A generation or two ago, few people worked with computers on a daily basis. Today, however, the majority of jobs involve them. That means that most people are sitting in a chair facing a computer screen for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Keyboards are used to type, and the hands, fingers and wrist are generally overused to the point where problems occur.
The carpal tunnel is a small space in your wrist where the median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand.
When there’s awkward pressure placed on the median nerve in your wrist, you might find yourself with numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand. That’s carpal tunnel syndrome, and it’s all-too-common among office workers. Poor posture and overuse can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome tend to be gradual rather than instant. If and when the area between your thumb and index and middle fingers starts to feel “useless” or “swollen” even though no swelling is apparent, that’s a good indication that you might have a problem. The need to “shake out” the hand or wrist is another. If you experience trouble feeling the difference between hot and cold or gripping things like a pencil, that is cause for concern.
There are some practical things you can do to find relief from carpal tunnel pain. Try and find a better sitting position that may involve raising or lowering your desk or chair or computer screen. If and when the pain won’t go away, consider seeing a chiropractor.
You might need your wrist bones adjusted, and the carpal tunnel area realigned. A chiropractor can do this manually, removing pressure and nerve interference.
A chiropractor might also recommend you take Vitamin B6 and B12 to help your carpal tunnel heal. These vitamins provide nervous tissue support and are considered helpful and effective in addressing carpal tunnel. Another good supplement is magnesium– 250 milligrams twice daily should help.