You can perform massage on yourself, have your partner help you, or visit a professional massage therapist for pregnancy carpal tunnel relief.
- Start from the inner fold of your elbow and work your way down toward your wrist.
- Use your thumb and apply firm pressure, moving in a circular motion all around your wrist, then work your way back up your arm again.
2. Exercise And Stretching
Stretches are a great way to relieve CTS pain. Do them once an hour, especially if you have a profession that requires you to do repetitive motions or sustained positions with your hands.
Warm up. Make a firm fist with your hand, then stretch out your fingers as far apart as you can.Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 4 times.
Prayer stretch. Start with your palms together right in front of your chest. Lower your hands, keeping them together until you begin to feel a stretch. Hold the position for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.
Traffic stop stretch. Hold your arm straight out in front of you with your palm facing out as if you were stopping traffic. Using your other hand, pull back on your fingers as if trying to bend them back toward your forearm. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 3 times.
3. Wrist Brace
If your carpal tunnel is causing you a lot of pain, ask your practitioner to recommend a wrist brace (you may be able to find one at your local pharmacy). Then make sure you wear it, especially at night. 80 percent of pregnant women with carpal tunnel syndrome found relief by using one.
4. Wrist Rotation
- Hold both hands out in front of you, palms facing each other, elbows bent and upper arms by your sides.
- Rotate hands upward 15 times, then downward 15 times, making sure the rotation is coming from the wrists, not the shoulders.
- When this is no longer challenging, do the same exercise while holding a 1-pound dumbbell in each hand.