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What are good exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome?

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It’s unclear how much exercise can help with your carpal tunnel. You'll get the best results if you do them along with other treatments, like using a brace and tweaking your activities so they put less strain on your hand and wrist.

Exercises you can try include:

Hand shake: This is especially useful at night, when your symptoms might worsen. Just shake your hands to get relief.

Fist signs: Make a fist and slide your fingers up until they point toward the ceiling, like you're telling someone to stop. Repeat 5-10 times.

Thumb Touches: One at a time, touch the tip of each finger to the tip of your thumb so they make an O-shape, then repeat several times.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

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