10 rules to Carpel tunnel, prevention and relief

Ever since day one, carpal tunnel has been considered, along with varicose veins and thick glasses, a station that we must all get off at if we’re to ride the retail pharmacist train.

Well, hold on there, cowboys and cowgirls. Not so fast.

There are many things we can do to help carpal tunnel not be a part of our everyday lives.

Here are 7 things to do to help prevent/relief carpal tunnel and protect one of the most important parts of our bodies when it comes to being a pharmacist:

1. Take breaks:

If you’ve been twisting vials for an hour, take a ten-minute break and type. 

2. Sleep on your back

Fetal position when sleeping has been shown to have a strong association with carpal tunnel. To reduce you chances of carpel tunnel, start sleeping on you back, and guess what? You’ll have less wrinkles too!

3.Hand exercises:

Exercise is important; don’t forget to exercise the part of the body that your profession uses the most!

I have one of these myself, and I can’t praise it enough. Each of these helps different areas in different ways.

4. Hand and wrist yoga

Yoga has been shown to increase circulation, increase muscle, and protect from injury. The hand/wrist area have over 20 joints; why should they be left out ? Here is a video to some amazing yoga moves for these areas:

Hatha Yoga with David Procyshym

5. Keeping hands warm

Keeping your hands warm can increase circulation, flexibility, and decrease stiffness for better typing , and a grip.

Warm hands = A smoother workday

6. Wear a snug brace at bedtime

Wearing a brace at bedtime helps keep your wrist in a neutral position. 

7. Oral medication:

Motrin, duh.

8.Topical medication:

This topical contains hemp, MSM, arnica, and menthol.

It’s also great for the retail pharmacist since it lasts for around a typical shift (~12 hours a day), hardly has any odor, and starts working in about 15 minutes.

If you need relief asap, Biofreeze has been also found to help.

9. Twist the right way.

Keep conscious of how your opening up vials.

Try not to twist with your wrist, but rather with your arm. Practice different ways, and find the right fit for you.

10. Type so that your hands are in neutral position, and type softer.

A keyboard rest pad will help you keep your wrist in the desired position.

Typing softer also is better than pounding the keys away

( side thought:is that why the letters are fading on the keyboard?…)

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