Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Weight Lifting and CrossFit Training
Staying fit is key to a healthy lifestyle. It can also help people prevent the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as many other chronic conditions. Daily exercise helps to stimulate flexible arteries and veins which are key to healthy blood circulation in the extremities of the body, like the hand and wrist areas. Normal blood circulation is an important pillar to preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Lifting weights is highly recommended for people of all fitness levels because it helps to strengthen the bones and decrease your risk for osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Controlled resistance training where you can develop muscles without risk of contact injuries is a great way to reach your peak athletic performance.
Unfortunately, there is a rising trend among both men and woman who engage in weightlifting, bodybuilding and CrossFit training regimens to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Lifting elevated levels of weights with a tight grip, over and over, creates an intense kind of repetitive stress on the hand and wrist area.
It is discouraging to be exercising to strive for your peak fitness level only to find that you have injured your hand and wrist with the onset of a chronic syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve at the base of the hand. Unfortunately, this compression causes symptoms like hand numbness, tingling, pain, loss of fine motor skills, muscle atrophy and a debilitating lack or grip strength and dexterity.
“As a fitness freak, I love the endorphins when I work out. You could say I am an addict. I feel like I can’t live without my daily fitness sessions. I also do a lot of work on the computer.
When I started getting Carpal Tunnel and could not work out the way I like, I felt like my life was over. I tried acupuncture, steroid injections and wearing those awful wrist splints. Some things helped a little, but nothing was fixing the constant pain and numbness.
Then a friend recommended the Carpal Solution Therapy. I checked it out and like what I read. It took me 4 weeks before I started feeling better. I was almost ready to give up on it. I am so glad my friend recommended this. It gave me the confidence to keep going. In six weeks my hands and wrist were completely better. I am so grateful. I have a new lease on life.”
Brent – San Diego, California
Wrist pain, hand numbness, weak grip, and sore, achy hands make it difficult to function during a normal day, let alone push yourself to new levels of strength and fitness in the gym. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be brutal.
When pain and discomfort are present, activities we used to love, become a chore and something that most of us humans start to avoid.
Interruptions in a fitness program can really set you back with long-term goals and training for any athlete.
With fitness, muscle melts away like butter on a warm summer afternoon when we stop training actively. Hard bodies become soft flab in a matter of two or three weeks. Once you lose that edge, it is much harder to get it back.
Maintaining healthy hands are key to your overall health and fitness. You need to be proactive about protecting your hands and wrists.
So, how do you prevent this down cycle in your fitness program from something like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
1- Do more repetitions with less weight
2- Keep the Wrist in a Neutral position when lifting weights.
3- Avoid Hyperflexion and hyperextension of the wrist during exercise.
4- Gently stretch all fingers and wrist before and after lifting. Short Gentle Stretches that are held for about for 5 to 10 seconds and then released and repeated. Do about 10 – 15 repetitions. This is better than long stretches that are stretched and held over 30 seconds to a minute (old school stretching).
5- Wear padded lifting gloves to protect your hands from sudden impact.
6- Wear the Carpal Solution Stretching Therapy as a Preventative Treatment one night per week if you do not have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but think you may be susceptible to it.
7- If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome then you should start with the Carpal Solution Six Week Nighttime Stretching Therapy developed by Doctors to put Carpal Tunnel in remission within 6 weeks. Soft tissue injuries take 6 weeks to heal.
Follow these simple 7 steps and keep your fitness level at its peak. There is no need to wait and worry. You need to be proactive about your health and fitness. Start now!