Do you know what the largest occupational group in all of the United States is? If you guessed office and administrative support, you’re right.
According to a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, the percentage of people working these positions was almost 16%. That means, when the majority of people go to work every day, they are sitting at a computer.
When thinking about these kinds of careers, you probably don’t think of injury as a significant problem. There aren’t the same kinds of risks that come along with other professions like construction, transportation, or maintenance jobs.
However, these individuals still have one main ailment to worry about, and that’s carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2011 around 3.1% of all employed workers between the ages of 18 and 64 complained of suffering from the discomfort at some point during the year.
Find out more about what it is and how to treat it naturally including using essential oils.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When pressure is continually put on the median nerve in your wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur. Picture the way your arm rests when you’re sitting at your computer with your hand on the mouse.
That little part of your wrist that lies in the same position for hours on end is doing a lot more work than what you might think. Often, people don’t even realize that they are dealing with carpal tunnel until it’s too late.
Some of the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel include:
For most individuals, the pain will start to appear in the middle of the night as they sleep with their wrists bent. When the condition gets worse, the discomforts will begin to be present during the daytime as well.
The sensation is frequently in the thumb and fingers, but the pinky is left unaffected. Some patients have reported the feeling traveling up the forearm.
Thankfully, if you’re like the group of people that are looking for holistic, non-conventional forms of treatment for your carpal tunnel, there are carpal tunnel essential oils recipes out there that can get you relief without other more invasive measures.
How to Reverse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Naturally
In the past, the standard ways utilized to treat carpal tunnel syndrome included wearing braces on the wrists, medications, and surgery.
Depending on the severity of the progression of carpal tunnel and how quickly you see a professional healthcare provider for treatment is what determines what methods will be useful.
It is a condition that gets worse over time, so getting attention for the problem right away is imperative.
If you aren’t interested in any of the traditional treatment options, there are more natural ways to slow down the progression and get some relief from the irritation and pain that is associated with carpal tunnel.
Shaking your wrists and fingers out to make the nuisance go away is only going to work for a very short time, so you should start considering making some changes now to keep it from getting worse.
If your carpal tunnel is the result of working an office job or a labor position where you are completing the same repetitive tasks all day long, you might not think that rest is an option for you.
However, your health should come first, and that includes your wrists. You may have to visit a doctor and get a time off recommendation so that you can give your body a break and allow it to heal.
When you go back to work, make sure you are stopping to rest frequently to prevent flare-ups.
When you are put in a situation where you have to work this part of your body, make sure that you are practicing good posture and ergonomics.
It might involve getting a different mouse, mouse pad, chair, desk, or just moving things around so that they are more comfortable and you aren’t straining to complete your tasks.
Experts recommend that for this kind of an ailment, you visit a chiropractor for treatment.
Qualified professionals can treat the wrists by completing the necessary adjustments to put the bones back in alignment and remove any existing pressure on the nerve that is being affected.
After they treat you, a chiropractor can also give you a list of wrist and hand exercises to do at home.
Each will provide your median nerve more freedom to move around and help in restoring your natural range of motion. Wrist traction, stretching, and nerve gliding exercises all are beneficial. You can also:
- Rotate the wrist up, down, and side to side
- Put your hands in prayer pose while lifting them up and down
- Stretch out your fingers and gently pull back on the thumb
- With palm up or down, bend and extend the wrist back and forth
When doing these exercises, stop if the pain persists or gets worse. Never overstretch something that is already causing you discomfort.
Essential Oils For Carpal Tunnel
For those that are more interested in herbal remedies, there are a number of essential oil recipes for carpal tunnel syndrome that have proven to get results after as little as 24 hours.
There are many blends available that are made for pain relief, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with the condition.
- Eucalyptus – Pain relief
- Lavender – Inflammation, muscle relaxer, and calms the mind for restful sleep
- Lemongrass – Support for ligaments, connective tissues, and tendons
- Marjoram – Tension and pain relief
- Peppermint – Reduces itching, inflammation, an irritation
Each of these can be blended with a carrier oil of your choosing like coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or any other type that you prefer.
Merely blending in two or three drops to a small amount in the palm of your hand creates an instant massage oil. Just work it into the skin whenever your symptoms appear and within a short while you should start to feel a bit of relief.
You can do this several times a day. It’s an effective alternative to surgery or potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
The least invasive method should always be your first route when treating any health condition. If your problem is severe, it is recommended you seek professional advice from your doctor or a chiropractor near you.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he earned his bachelor’s of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College.
He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.
He became passionate about working in a chiropractic clinic near you after his own experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers.
The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment.
Dr. Wells is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.
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