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It seems that for the next few months, a lot of us will be homebound where we will inevitably find ourselves sitting in front of the computer more whether it is for school, work or entertainment.

Along with this can come some health issues such as eye strain, headaches, neck and shoulder tension, jaw tension, lower back ache, postural collapse and even weight gain.

Today we are going to talk about carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS.

CTS is a common problem in people who use their hands a lot; either on a computer or working with hand tools.

Sign and symptoms of CTS include pain, numbness and tingling in the fingers and thumbs, a burning sensation that seems to start in the hands and travel upwards into the arm, wrist pain at night especially when sleeping, swollen wrists and fingers in the morning with or without numbness and weakness of the forearm and hand muscles.

You would notice this as a loss of grip strength (you frequently drop things).
 
Two things that would predispose you to developing CTS; one is blockage of the nerves in the lower neck.

These nerves travel from your neck all the way down to your finger tips and control the entire upper limb. Secondly, the nerves can be blocked in the carpal tunnel which is in the wrist itself.

Here are a few tips for you on how to prevent CTS.

First of all, make sure to sit with an upright, healthy posture when at your computer. And make sure to take a 60 sec posture break at least once every hour. A stand-up desk is even better.

Secondly, be sure to stretch your hands and forearms frequently throughout the day.

For hands, open and close hands/fingers 10 to 15 times.

And for forearms, hold your arm straight out from your shoulder and with your other hand, gently pull your fingers back to stretch the bottom forearm muscles.

And then gently push your fingers down to stretch the top forearm muscles. (See video for demonstration.)

And be sure to hold these forearm stretches for a minimum of 30 seconds.

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