I've been there. You go to pick something up and BAM!
Shooting pain in your hand and wrist, more than likely causing you to nearly drop the thing you've went to pick up.
I used to get this a lot. so much that I actually started to really worry something more serious was going on.
Eventually I got to the bottom of the problem and that hassle causing little sucker was the median nerve.
Now this nerve can get aggravated if you do a lot of repetitive tasks or theres excessive pressure on the wrists (hello gymnastics or lifting weights).
The nerve can become compressed in the carpal tunnel space on the palm side of the wrist and it mostly affects the index finger and thumb area.
I know it's not a life debilitating condition but my god it can bloody hurt and it's usually out of the blue.
So if you don't have to suffer from it you shouldn't.
If that pressure on the nerve keeps restricting the movement it could develop into carpal tunnel syndrome, which for some people surgery could be the only option.
So let's nip it in the butt before it gets any worse.
Some of the symptoms of this type of nerve restr
A shocking feeling
Distorted muscles in severe cases
Now a lot of people very quickly resort to surgery or steroid injections but 9 times out of 10, you can make big improvements by moving properly and and looking after your forearms.
But how do you know if nerve restriction or carpal tunnel is the problem I hear you cry.
Well theres this really simple test.
Its called Phalen's Maneuvre
This is also known as the wrist-flexion test. Press the backs of your hands and fingers together with your wrists flexed and your fingers pointed down. You'll stay that way for 1-2 minutes. If your fingers tingle or get numb, you have probably got some sort of nerve restriction going on in there.
So what can you do about it?
Well, a good bit actually. First of all you'll want to loosen of your forearms as i'll bet you a dollar they are tight as all hell.
Try these two stretches to help loosen off your forearms. These are probably two of the greatest forearm stretches I have ever used. Ever.
Those two stretches should help loosen off the muscles in the forearms but sometimes that might not be enough.
The nerve might be really restricted from moving in its sheath so you might have to give it a helping hand.
Thats where we can turn to nerve flossing. This just means that you move the nerve in its sheath to help remove any restriction along the whole path it glides on.
Usually the combination of these two approaches is more than enough to fix any restriction and hopefully get you moving properly. The only thing you have to do is stay on top keeping your forearms getting super tight because thats usually how it starts.
Another version of a nice median nerve glide is this.
Both of these nerve glides will need a bit of playing with to get the right feeling. You'll know when you've got it right because you should feel it tingling in the fingers or the forearm and bicep.
You don't have to suffer things like this and you aren't stuck with them. And remember, surgery is not the only option because you can fix most things if you approach it right.
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