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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms Gone, Just By Dieting?

Jan 31, 2008
We are what we eat, you can encourage and maintain healthy hands again just by watching what you eat. Reduce the pain and swelling that you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, by dieting?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms are often made worst by what we eat and drink daily. Coffee, alcohol, high sugar intake and processed foods are just some of the major contributors that keep your hands from ever feeling better. Our hectic lifestyles daily, weekly and monthly create a situation for us internally that is just not healthy, our bodies will absorbed only as much as it can. And when it can't take anymore you will feel tired, fatigued and even depressed which only then we eat and drink more C. R. A. P. (caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods) to our bodies going, not good.

Just by eating a well balanced diet, that includes consuming eight ounces of water every two hours to help flush out the system and eating healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating more whole grains and lean proteins such as soy, bean and lentils is a great start as well as getting such drinks as green tea to help reduce swelling. Including vitamin B6 into your diet, especially if you already take vitamin C, which depletes the body of vitamin B6 will offer many benefits. A deficiency of vitamin B6 can increase the susceptibility of experiencing pain and numbness, which is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Vitamin B6 encourages the maintenance of healthy tissue for the nerves while relieving inflammation, controlling pain sensations and improving the blood circulation.

What is Carpal Tunnel?

A cluster of eight bones forms the base of the palm in a U shape. The tunnel roof or the arching ligament over these bones houses the median nerve. This particular nerve controls the sensations of the fingers and thumb along the palm, while connecting to the spinal cord. When this tunnel becomes thin, the pressure cuts off the blood flow to the nerve. This then causes pain, weakness and a tingling sensation, it happens most often while asleep, but can happen at any time.

As the condition worsens, it becomes difficult to grasp or make a fist, while it begins to limit the motion of everyday life. Eventually many who suffer from carpal tunnel may lose the ability to determine cold from hot. These symptoms can happen in one or both wrists and may be the cause of pain that radiates from the shoulder to the forearm. Carpal tunnel seems to affect more women than men, although many individuals suffer from some form of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Some of the causes of carpal tunnel may include:

* Injuries to the wrist hand and fingers
* Repetitive and continuous hand and finger motions
* Hormonal imbalances during pregnancy or while taking birth control
* Inflammation from arthritis and other diseases
* Health issues such as obesity or a genetic issue

Have you noticed how many times we mentioned your work station or ergonomics? Here are some other foods that you may want to avoid when you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may include:

* Saturated fats
* Salt, since it encourages swelling and dehydrates the system

We hope that you got some good information here, before you run off to have that surgery done. Don't get us wrong there are some instances where surgery may be what you need, but if at all you are having second thoughts try these things first.

Here are some more things you can do to relief the pain of carpal tunnel may include:

* Take a breaks often during the day
* Reduce swelling by use of cold compresses
* Stop smoking, since smoking does affect the blood circulation
* Reduction of repetitive or excessive movements
* Stay in a warm dry environment
* Stretching and exercising

Take care of your hands you need them for just about everything we do in our daily lives.
About the Author
Robert C. Vignoli has been a massage therapist for over 10 years. He currently co-owns Roman Paradigm Massage, but now he is helping to improve the massage industry by building a "hands off" massage business model. MassageSpace.net is the new MySpace for Massage Therapist, learn more @ http://www.think-diagonal.com
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