These tips are sure to provide some relief
One of the most common issues you’ll experience when you have a job that requires you to sit for too long and type is wrist issues. Some people may even begin to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a nerve compression that can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in your hand. Sometimes a simple change at home can make a huge difference in these symptoms.
Taking a break from sitting in your office is not only beneficial for your wrists, but your whole body, physically and mentally. You should take a break for 10 minutes every hour if possible and walk around. Take a quick walk around the block if you’re able to get some exercise and some fresh air. Sitting in the same spot for long periods of time can cause a lot of long-term negative effects to your health.
If you don’t have the luxury of being able to walk around outside of your office space, just standing up to stretch for ten minutes can make a huge difference. Reach your arms up and over your head for a big stretch. Twist your spine to each side and really allow yourself to fall into each stretch. You’ll notice less pain throughout the day if you take simple stretching breaks like this.
Watch your posture
You’d be surprised to know that most pain you feel in your wrist actually stems from your neck. When you’re sitting in an office chair, your neck tends to sit forward towards the computer. This position can pinch the brachial nerve in your arm causing the pain in your wrist. Constantly making sure you’re pulling your neck back to the neutral position on your spine could be the key to relieving almost all of your carpal tunnel symptoms.
Elevate your arms
Bringing your arms over your head every so often while you’re working can help relieve some of the tension and compression on the nerves. This will help reduce the pain and numbness you tend to feel after hours of typing on your computer or doing the same activity with your hands over and over, like sewing.
There are always some simple exercises we can do before we need to revert to medications or even surgery and these tips are sure to help relieve a lot of your symptoms. The important thing is to do these before you really start to feel pain so you can prevent any future injuries when you have the chance.