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A Simple Forearm Brace Can Prevent Carpal Tunnel Pain

A Simple Forearm Brace Can Prevent Carpal Tunnel Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a problem that affects the wrist, hand, fingers, and thumb. It occurs when the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist is compressed or when extreme or constant pressure is applied to the nerve. Sometimes it is a short-term problem, but if the nerve is under pressure for an extended amount of time, the damage can be permanent.

Some of the symptoms Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferers deal with include 

 

  • numbness
  • tingling
  • weakness
  • pain in the hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, and sometimes even up into the arm. 

Ask anyone who has this condition, and you will find they are willing to do just about anything to prevent or lessen the pain associated with it. If you are already dealing with Carpal Tunnel, you know how painful it can be. Avoiding the sometimes agonizing pain is a priority in your life. One of the best ways you can prevent the pain that comes with Carpal Tunnel is to purchase a simple forearm brace

 

Benefits of a forearm brace

Wondering why this helps? Here are several reasons a forearm brace can help in lessening the pain experienced by sufferers.

 

  • First, you'll find that a forearm brace can help you to prevent the pain of carpal tunnel because it provides support and immobilization. This type of brace helps to keep the forearm, as well as the wrist immobilized. This assists in making sure the carpal tunnel of the wrist is not narrowed in a way that presses on the median nerve located inside. When the nerve is not compressed, you no longer have the nasty problem with pain that stems from pressure on this nerve.
  • You'll also find that using these braces for your forearms help to keep your wrists steady while you are working. They can be worn even while you are performing tasks, keeping the wrists and forearm from getting into positions that can cause more pressure on the median nerve, which leads to pain. 

 

There are many different types of simple forearm braces available today. They come in many materials, such as elastic, neoprene, and others. Some are expensive, costing more than $100, while there are cheaper options available as well that will only run you between $20 and $40 for a decent brace without the high cost.

Although you may not be overly thrilled at having to wear a forearm brace, it really can provide you with a lot of help and pain relief, which is extremely important.

The benefits of neoprene

 

What is Neoprene?  Known for its many versatile properties, neoprene is a synthetic rubber material that was first developed back in the 1930s. Today the most popular use for neoprene is in wetsuits used for diving and swimming, and the substance is also used in a host of other products like protective gear and medical products. Besides being lightweight, waterproof, buoyant, and both abrasion and chemical-proof, neoprene is also somewhat stretchable, giving it a bit of pliancy that is unlike other types of rubber.

When wearing a neoprene wrist band, you will find that you have more range of motion and are better able to move the wrist than with other bands made from a more rigid material. This is because the neoprene keeps your wrist in a neutral position, which for the wrist, means keeping it flat when in relationship to the forearms (versus bending it either forward or backward). By keeping the wrist in this position, it reduces the amount of pressure put on the nerve within the carpal tunnel.