Yoga and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you work on computers, play an instrument professionally, or do any type of repetitive movement, you are at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median or middle nerves, which are in an enclosed compartment bound by the carpal bones, are compressed. Increased pressure within the tunnel from repetitive movement aggravates the syndrome. Carpal tunnel occurs more commonly in women than men, probably due to the fact that women have smaller carpal bones and less tunnel space than men.

A February 1999 study published in The Lancet medical journal examined eleven yoga postures for the arm, each held for a specified amount of time, along with relaxation. After eight weeks, the grip strength was significantly better and pain reduction greater in those who did yoga than in those who didn’t. One of the primary positions was the Namaste, or Prayer Position.

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