CTS - also known as carpal tunnel syndrome, a common condition that causes numbness, tingling sensation and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers.
You can feel these sensations develop gradually during the night. They tend to affect the middle finger, index finger and thumb. Other symptoms which are linked to CTS include:
A dull ache in the hand or arm
Pins and needles
What Causes CTS ??????
It is caused by compression of one of the nerves (median nerve) that controls sensation and movement in the hands.
It isn't known why the median nerve becomes compressed in most cases, although certain things are thought to increase the risk of CTS developing, such as:
- a family history of CTS
- pregnancy – up to about 50% of pregnant women develop CTS
- injuries to the wrist
- other health conditions, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- strenuous, repetitive work with the hand - This may be you nail tech
A physical examination can help to determine if the pain is being caused by an underlying disorder or if the pain is related to daily activities.
HOW IS CTS PREVENTED?
As a nail tech, not having breaks or time to rest can leave you vulnerable to CTS.
Be sure to take the time to perform stretching exercises and do your best to take standing or walking breaks between clients. Use correct posture and wrist position.
If you begin to feel symptoms, or if you suspect CTS, get a proper diagnosis, if left untreated it can cause permanent damage to the median nerve or cause the muscles at the base of the thumb to waste away. Don’t let this be an obstacle and just seek advice from your GP.
Here is a great preventative stretch which can be done by pressing the palms of your hands together so the tips of your fingers touch and the heels of your hands right above the wrist touch (sort of a prayer position). Now raise your elbows — you can feel the stretching in the wrist area.