How can I relieve carpal tunnel?
To quickly ease the pain and inflammation caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, cool your wrists with an ice pack and wrap it in a thin towel. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and if you feel the need, repeat the treatment every hour or so.
Heat can also ease pain by relaxing muscles. Soak your hands and wrists in warm to hot water for 12 to 15 minutes before you go to bed each night.
Wear a splint at night. While sleeping, you may be bending your hand and wrist under your pillow, which puts pressure on your wrist.
In fact, people with carpal tunnel syndrome are often awakened by the pain. A splint will hold your fingers in a neutral position and relieve pressure on the median nerve.
You can purchase the splint in a medical supply store or pharmacy, but be sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist to make sure it fits properly.
You may also want to wear a splint during the day, especially if you’re doing jobs that require a lot of hand motion.