According to the Burreau of Labor statistics, over 77 million individuals now use computers in the workplace. In fact, in only 3 years of time, there was an increase of over 2 million computers used in the workplace. Long gone are the days of handwritten tasks and phone calls; no longer do working people rely on phone calls and voicemails to communicate with one another; now email, skype, and gchat take up the majority of communication tasks at work.
With this rise in technology and overuse of computers, many individuals in the working world have reported carpal tunnel symptoms, and some professionals hold the belief that carpal tunnel has become on the rise in the past few decades.
In my first job out of college, in just 1 month of work I had extracted carpal tunnel symptoms as well: sore wrists, hands, and arms, tingling hands, and a loss of feeling in my arms all the way up to my shoulder. Like many hippy green livers, I turned to yoga as a way to manage the pain, and found the following 5 yoga poses to help ease the symptoms:
1. Mountain Pose/Tadasana
Mountain pose is a wonderful body scanning pose (ideal for the very beginning of a routine). In this pose, you simply stand upright, focusing on posture and the breath, bringing the hands to the heart if you should so like. See detailed instructions for this pose HERE.
2. Anjali Mudra/Prayer Pose
Anjali mudra is a wonderful wrist stretch, that also helps connect you to your heart center. Either seated cross-legged or standing, draw your hands to your heart in prayer position. You can also raise your arms above your head or behind your back.
3. Dandasana/Staff pose
For Dandasana, sit with your feet straight out in front of you. With a flat back, place your arms straight down next to you, palms facing forward.
4. Warrior 1 & 2
The warrior poses are not only wonderful for cultivating inner strength, but also for the strengthening of the arms and wrists. See detailed explanations for the two poses HERE.
Because the wrists become so over stressed during the course of the work week, Savasana is a wonderful opposite. Simply lie on your back, arms facing upwards, and allow for complete relaxation.
For a yoga sequence specifically designed for carpal tunnel syndrome, check out this youtube yoga sequence.
What are your favorite yoga poses?