May 19, 2014

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Cold Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Do your wrists and fingers tend to swell while you work, type or drive?  Or maybe you experience continuous aching or numbness in the middle of the night due to carpal tunnel syndrome.  If this applies to you, consider placing an ice pack on your wrist for a short amount of time.  Icing or a cold therapy pack is considered to be a safe remedy, aside from exercising and resting the hands.  Cold is often thought of as the best therapy to apply to the wrist, aside from heat.  Avoid heat as it can contribute to increasing any inflammation problems.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy can provide significant relief for painful symptoms associated with moderate cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.  Ice therapy not only lessens the pain, it also helps to reduce pressure on the median nerve and provides immediate, temporary relief around the wrists.  Due to this form of therapy being a “targeted” way of relieving pain, it is necessary to apply the cold pack appropriately.

It is recommended that an individual apply cold therapy in 10 to 20 minute increments.  Do not apply the cold pack directly to the skin; this not only causes additional pain and discomfort, but it can eventually lead to additional damage and injury.  To avoid direct contact with the cold pack, use a towel to wrap it and to serve as a barrier between the pack and the skin.  This is the most common technique, but it does not always treat the entire wrist.  Also, to hold the ice pack in place, it might take using the other hand, which can be frustrating.  Fortunately, there is a remedy to this problem, as the aPallo Wrist Brace System provides you with the cold therapy you need.

aPallo Wrist Brace System

The aPallo Wrist Day/Night Brace System is the solution you might be looking for when it comes to cold therapy to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.  This particular wrist is the most effective non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.  The aPallo System has been noted for being the best wrist brace for carpal tunnel, providing support for all wrist injuries, post-operative use and post-removal of casts or splints.

For day use, the ice strap feature allows the user can apply cold therapy over the wrist and nerve.  This custom ice wrap is extremely comfortable and provides effective carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.  Our concept is simple – during the day or night, freeze the ice pack and slide into the ice strap to provide needed relief.  Wearing the brace during the day allows you to move freely to perform day-to-day activities while treating issues with the cold therapy.

While icing the affected wrist, be sure to take time to rest your hands and wrists from repetitive movements, such as typing, driving and writing.  By utilizing cold therapy and resting, symptom relief is considerable.  The ice pack is one of the best home remedies for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, aside from resting, exercising and performing certain lifestyle changes.

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