What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Many people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome but don’t exactly know what it is.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen most commonly in people who are heavy computer users. Prestige International, being part of the ergonomic community, hears from many people about their RSIs (repetitive stress injuries) and carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most prominent ones. We want to let people know about this ailment, and how to prevent and treat it.

A person experiencing wrist pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result from the pinching of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. This can lead to myriad of symptoms, the most common being numbness is the hand, discomfort in the wrist and forearm, loss of grip strength and manual dexterity, as well as pain in the upper arm.

There is some very basic, straight forward, treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome depending on the severity of the individuals condition. Treatments can vary from lesser ones such as icing the area and stretching, to rather more extreme and invasive ones such as medications, splints, physical therapy and even surgery.

This person is wearing a brace in an attempt to alleviate discomfort

Luckily there are things you can do to prevent you from being inflicted carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are a heavy computer user don’t let you wrist rest on the desk/keyboard tray you are using, also look into investing in a vertical, elevated, or another ergonomic mouse so that you wont have the pinching of the wrist commonly found in heavy keyboard and mouse users.

If you feel pain or discomfort in your wrist, arm or hand area try adjusting you work habits and if it persists don’t shy away from contacting a medical professional, you don’t want to wait to long.

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5 Tips to Avoid Winter Sickness

Winter is fastly approaching and its the time of year where people start to feel under the weather and get sick. During this time period your immune system is more compromised and you are more susceptible to illness. Nothing is more annoying than getting sick or getting other people sick. I’m going to give you a few tips to help you from catching something and so you have a healthy winter.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. One of the most compromising things to your immune system, that is easy to remedy, is lack of sleep. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night. You should also make sure that you are comfortable when sleeping, eight hours of uncomfortable sleep could be worse than only six hours comfy sleep. 
  2. Eat properly. What you eat affects your body drastically and an awful diet can can cause an increased chance of becoming ill. During the winter months people tend to gravitate towards more hearty and heavier foods, but don’t forget to mix in plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Remember to exercise. The winter months make it harder for you to get out and exercise and many gain weight, but you can’t let it stop you completely. Whether its something you can do in your house, sit ups, pull ups and other body weight exercises, or joining a gym find a way to stay active and in shape. Although it might be cold try short runs on warmer days as well. 
  4. Get a flu shot. This may not be for everyone, but a flu shot is the number one prevention method for getting the flu. The flu is one of the more dangerous illnesses you can have during this time of the year and a shot is a surefire way you won’t get it.
  5. Wash your hands. It sounds cliche but washing your hands and preventing the spread of germs is the best way to prevent getting sick. Soap and warm water will do the  trick and make sure you do this before eating or putting your hands to your mouth for any reason.

Following these tips will help prevent you from being sick this winter. Be safe, and have a healthy hollidays season and winter. 

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