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How To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

  1. Take frequent breaks from repetitive tasks
    • Overuse of your forearm flexors can lead to nerve compression at your wrist

 Image of nerves associated with carpal tunnel syndrome

  1. Stretch your wrist
    • Stretch your forearm flexors to prevent compression of your nerve
    • Hold for 30 seconds and repeat every few hours

 Image showing wrist stretches

  1. Maintain good posture at your desk
    • If you slouch at work, your nerves can be compressed at the neck and make you more prone to developing Carpal Tunnel symptoms

 

  1. Ensure that your desk is set up ergonomically correct
    • Eyes looking forward at your screen
    • Wrists in neutral
    • Elbows resting by sides at 90 degrees
    • Sit at the back of your chair with your low back straight
    • Your thighs should be parallel to the floor

 Image depicting proper posture when seated at a computer 

  1. Keep your wrists in a neutral position
    • If you wrist is flexed or extended when you are typing, there will be more compression on your nerve
    • This is true for all repetitive and forceful tasks of the hand and wrist
    • Keep you wrists straight like in the figure above
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