Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects 4 – 10 million Americans and is usually treatable
One of the more common forms of mononeuropathy is the carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In this condition, a branch of median nerve in the forearm is compressed at the wrist as it passes through the tunnel formed by the wrist bones, or carpals, and ligament that lies just under the skin. The syndrome occurs most often in middle age and affects more women than men. It is usually due to arthritis or other disorders that affect bones and ligaments. Sometimes fluid accumulation (edema) or sudden weight gain such as occurs in pregnancy may also put pressure on the nerve in the carpal tunnel. Also, doing activities that use the same finger or hand movements over and over again can cause CTS.
The symptoms are initially intermittent but then become constant. Pressure on the median nerve causes the following symptoms of CTS:
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers of one or both hands, except the little finger.
- Numbness or pain in your hand or wrist that wake you up at night and is relieved by shaking the hand.
- Numbness or pain that gets worse when you use your hand or wrist, especially when you grip an object or bend (flex) your wrist.
- Occasional aching pain in your arm from your hand to your shoulder.
- A weak grip.
If symptoms are relatively mild, a wrist brace/sleeve may be helpful. Weight loss, control of edema, treatment of arthritis, and alternative therapies may help. If the symptoms progress despite these measures, and especially if weakness appears, a simple surgical procedure is the solution. But if you catch it early enough, simpler options like a wrist brace and pain relievers might do the trick.
Mild Infrared Compression Non-Splint Wrist/Hand Sleeve Can Help Relieve Pain for Anyone Experiencing Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis, Poor Circulation, or Swelling
Compression sleeves/brace may complement the splint wrist your doctor recommends for carpal tunnel syndrome. A 2012 study found that using a wrist sleeve/brace at night did more to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms than using no treatment at all.
How Far Infrared Compression Sleeves Can Help
Unlike typical supports for carpal tunnel syndrome, Veturo Therapy hand and wrist supports sleeves offer light compression allowing for use over extended periods of time without discomfort. It combines function, optimal comfort and a great fit to help reduce wrist pain, support injured, weak or arthritic wrists, and soothe stiff joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. High quality far infrared fabric, patented technology powered by Celliant, is a plus and worth to try.
Celliant® captures and converts body heat into infrared energy, which is clinically proven to improve temporary local circulation, increase cellular oxygenation, and help regulate body temperature. Better blood flow leads to a reduction in inflammation and pain.
During recovery and rehabilitation, we recommend wearing our infrared compression sleeves as much as possible, at least every day for a minimum of 6/8 hours a day. Also, they are comfortable enough for use at night to reduce the pain and have more restful sleep.
Please note that, our products are non-splint options for your condition. Depending on how severe your carpal tunnel syndrome is, you might also be advised to wear a splint brace during the day and to rest the hand for a period of time.
Wrist Braces/Sleeves vs. Wrist Splints
Overall a wrist brace or a wrist splint is a drug-free, non-surgical option to manage mild symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome making it a good self-help option.
A wrist hand/palm brace or sleeve is worn around the wrist to protect it from further injury. In general braces offer support to the joints and sometimes provide heat compression to the bones and ligaments to allow for healing. These braces are designed to be lightweight and comfortable for everyday use.
A wrist splint is a lot like a wrist brace, but it has a rigid splint to restrict motion for extra support. While it may not always offer complete relief, it does minimize pressure on nerves while supporting and stabilizing your wrist for quicker healing. However, a splint is not recommended for long-term use or where symptoms are more severe.
- Suitable for long-term use
- Keeps wrist in a neutral position
- Keeps joints steady
- Mainly used for sprains and tears
- Not suitable for long-term use
- Offers stability and immobilization
- Immobilizes joints for quicker healing
- Mainly used for bone fractures
Whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), recovering from surgery or, nursing an injury, talk to your doctor about whether a wrist brace/sleeves or wrist splint will work for you.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain is a common result from repetitive hand motion
Widespread use of computers has made more people aware of repetitive hand motion injuries, but many activities besides typing and mousing can cause pain. Repetitive motion injuries, also called repetitive stress injuries (RSI), are temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons caused by performing the same motion over and over again.
Other factors may also predispose a person to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, people with small wrists—particularly females—may be more prone to RSI. The smallness of their wrists limits the space for swelling, which is common in RSI. These same individuals also may be more sensitive when swelling does occur.
Far Infrared – Faster Recovery Technique
Far infrared radiation (FIR) is a subset form of infrared radiation, which is most commonly used for biological effects and medical applications. A review of far-infrared clinical trials explains that energy (heat) from your body is transferred to the ceramic/minerals particles in the fabric, which absorb the heat and then re-emit it as far-infrared light back to your body. If this transfer can be achieved, then the thermal effect of safe infrared radiation leads to many benefits.
Far Infrared for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Faster recovery
- Reduced burning pain
- Counteract numbness
- Improved microcirculation
- Increased comfort
- More restful sleep
The Bottom LineYou may not feel the immediate benefits of switching to far infrared therapy (infrared wrist brace, wrist/hand sleeve or gloves) but if you understand the basic principles of good positioning, a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms of CTS, recover faster, or minimize the risk of it.
“In theory, you need longer recovery time, so any way you could speed up the recovery time can be helpful.”
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