In the law enforcement field of dispatch we work with our hands constantly. We are typing away for eight or more hours a day. Unfortunately, most of us are not a stranger to carpal tunnel. It affects a vast majority of us. We are putting so much strain and stress on our tendons and over extending our wrists. There are a few tricks that we can do to alleviate that stress as well as some exercises to strengthen our wrists.
First, here are some of those tricks to hopefully alleviate the onset of carpal tunnel. Sitting all day can be exhausting and takes its toll. We need to constantly remind ourselves to keep our posture, at least while typing. Make sure you have lower back support in your chair and your feet supported on the ground. Your arms should be aligned from your shoulders and your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle while typing. During your typing your hands should be facing forwards, and don't forget to use your wrist guard to support your wrist.
Aside from having surgery here are some ways and stretches that you can use to help alleviate the stress and strain on your tendons.
Marjoram: tension pain
Lavender: relax, reduce inflammation
Peppermint: inflammation, irritation and itching.
Eucalyptus: aches and pains
Lemon grass: supports tendons, ligaments, and tissues.
CTS support: A mixture I found online specifically for carpal tunnel syndrome
There are some stretches that you can do right at your desk throughout your shift. As always though if you are in a constant pain do not self diagnose, go see a doctor first. I wouldn't want you injuring yourself further by stretching or putting unnecessary pressure on your injury.
These are just a few exercises that might help to alleviate the pain and strengthen your tendons. You can do these one time a day. Repeat each exercise 3 sets of 8 and hold for a count of two seconds.
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