Yoga exercises have been effective in relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). To know how yoga is beneficial for CTS patients, read on…
A recent study has revealed that yoga exercises, if performed regularly, can help improve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS, as we know, is a painful condition that occurs when the median nerve (located in the arms) is subjected to undue pressure. As a result, the person experiences pain, weakness, and a tingling sensation in the hands and wrists.
A regular yoga practice can definitely strengthen the joints and may even prevent CTS from occurring. However, while following a yoga regimen, it is essential to avoid those postures that put excessive pressure on the wrists. Although drugs and surgery can be used to treat CTS, a simple yoga program was found better at relieving the pain.
Following are the yoga exercises that can significantly improve the strength of the hands and reduce chronic pain.
Forearm Wrist Twist: This exercise begins by placing the right arm against a wall. Make sure that your fingers are spread equally. Extend your elbow and press the palm completely against the wall. Wait for a few breaths and then move your head towards the left. Hold for a minute.
Extended Full Body Stretch: Take both the arms with palms facing down, to the sides and raise them till shoulder level. Extend your fingers. While exhaling, rotate the shoulders in such a way that the palms face up. On the next exhale, bring both the arms overhead. Make sure that the elbows are stretched and palm face each other. Press your feet into the floor and stretch the side torso. After a few breaths, interlock your fingers. Stretch the fingers and press the palm towards the ceiling. Hold this stretch and then bend to one side. Holding this stretch, bend to the other side. This exercise can also be performed when seated in your office chair. If you are doing this exercise in a sitting position, then ensure that you press your thigh bones into the chair, while stretching up.
Opening the Chest: Take your arms behind your back and interlock your fingers with the palms facing the torso. Now roll the shoulders in the backward direction, but ensure that the ribs are not poking forward. Stretch your elbows while exhaling and let it remain in that position for a few breaths. On the next exhale, bend your elbows and then slowly bring your wrists to your waist. Now gently press the elbow of your right hand towards the left.
On the whole, these yoga exercises are simple and practicing them everyday will ensure an improvement in your hand strength and a significant reduction in pain.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.