The carpal tunnel is a tiny passageway within the wrist through which a major nerve (the median nerve) passes. Excessive wrist extension over time can have a negative impact on the median nerve. The median nerve is a major nerve that controls the hand, and it is the one that becomes compressed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Consequently, all this can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist and hand.
To avoid undue stress to your wrists, try using your fists instead of bending your wrists into extension. Let’s assume you were planning to do some pushups for exercise. As opposed to using your palms on the ground, you should try using a fist and place your knuckles onto the ground while keeping your wrists completely neutral.
A common mistake to be aware of is to avoid bending your wrists backward into extension even though you are keeping your hands in a fisted position. Keeping your wrists straight will make them stronger and more relaxed. It may feel awkward at first, but after a week or two, you will get used to this healthier wrist position.
Maybe you won’t be doing pushups any time soon; however, there are many activities throughout the day where you may be inclined to place your palm onto a flat surface. It’s in those instances that you should use your fists while maintaining straight wrists.
Even though you may attempt to do all the right things to prevent a wrist injury, it’s still possible to develop a health problem due to repetitive stress, sustained use, or other microtraumas to the wrists and hands.
There is a solution for those who suffer from wrist or hand pain. Specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments to the tiny bones and joints in your wrists and hands are effective for treating many different pain and numbness conditions. Chiropractic can alleviate the stress associated with your hand condition and give you a long-term solution to your problem.