How to Use a Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace

A wrist brace can help correct posture and prevent flare-ups of carpal tunnel syndrome. Braces can be found at most pharmacies but they come in several varieties. You need to know how to use a carpal tunnel wrist brace because misuse can actually make your symptoms worse.

Read on to learn how to use a carpal tunnel wrist brace.

Shop for a brace that fits over your hand like a glove, but allows free movement of your fingers and thumb. The brace should extend four to six inches up your arm and have adjustable straps.

Put your brace on the hand with carpal tunnel syndrome. You want to tighten the straps so that they are secure but not too tight. You should be able to bend your wrist forward and backwards a tiny bit, but it should mostly be locked in a neutral position.

Use your wrist brace whenever you do activities that involve extensive use of your hand. These actions can include computer work, household chores, cooking or carpentry.

Take a break from using your hand and remove the wrist brace. You should spend at least 10 minutes of every hour resting your hand and moving your wrist in different directions.

Wear your wrist brace while sleeping if you tend to wake up with carpal tunnel pains. Some people have a tendency to roll around in their sleep and lie on their hands. A brace will prevent your wrist from staying bent. Fit the brace looser while you sleep since it will be on for about eight hours.

Buy a wrist rest to put in front of your keyboard to support both of your hands while you use the computer. It's important to take steps to prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in both your wrists.