Every year more than 500,000 people in the US undergo surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome. Working a repetitive job can sometimes be boring, but when you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s downright awful. If you frequently experience pain or numbness in the palm of your hand, and it moves up through the wrist into the arm, it’s likely you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Unfortunately, many of us have jobs that involve repetitive motions or the use of vibrating equipment — think driving, using a computer, sanding, knitting, or assembly line work. These activities can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Read on to learn what you can do to prevent getting this syndrome, or to ease the pain if you’re already a sufferer.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a squeezing at the wrist of the median nerve, a nerve that runs down your forearm and into the palm of your hand. This is the nerve that controls the sensations you feel on the palm side of your thumb and fingers, except the little finger. It also controls the impulses sent to muscles that control movement of the fingers and thumb. The carpal tunnel is the passageway that houses the median nerve and tendons. Left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can make it difficult to grab and hold onto objects, and may even lead the thumb muscles to waste away.
Often, symptoms start with a burning or itching sensation in the hand, especially in the thumb, index and middle fingers. You may feel as though your fingers are swollen. Symptoms tend to be worse in the mornings, and may go away entirely during the day, at least during the early stages of the syndrome
Daily 5 Minutes Usage Could Reduce Carpal Tunnel & Other Hand Pain
For those of you who haven’t heard about the Forceball, here is a brief explanation. As we have already mentioned, the Forceball is primarily a hand-held exercise tool. Its appearance, dimensions, and weight somewhat resemble a tennis ball, but hidden inside is a free-spinning sphere (rotor) connected to a steel ring.
After giving it an initial spin, you can use a circular motion of your wrist, forearm, or entire arm to make the Forceball’s rotor reach different speeds. Generally, the more force you apply, the faster the Forceball rotates. On the other hand, greater speeds also cause greater torque resistance. Increasing resistance then requires more force to sustain the rotation and coordinate your overall exercise. Spinning Forceball for just 2-3 minutes, several times each day provides fast, effective pain relief and a rapid decrease of inflammation in the tendons which are compressing down around the nerve.
Forceball – strengthens, stretches, and regenerates
Now let’s take a closer look at what Forceball exercises actually do. As previously mentioned, the Forceball helps to strengthen, but also stretch and regenerate hand and arm muscles. Everything depends on how you hold it, what exercises you do, and how much force you apply. The Forceball’s biggest advantage is that the intensity of your workout increases gradually, easing your muscles into higher levels of performance. This makes it different from most workout techniques, as high-impact exercise is simply incompatible with physiotherapy and stretching.
The Forceball is a great exercise tool for athletes (if used in combination with their actual sport), but also for people who spend long hours at a computer with a keyboard or play a woodwind instrument. The Forceball is a useful aid when recovering from wrist injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome.
CARPAL TUNNEL? PROBLEM SOLVED.
4 years ago, I started a desk job that involved typing and using a mouse all day. Within a few months, my wrists started to feel it pretty bad. I had shooting pain from my wrist to my elbow from repetitive stress. Working a similar desk job, my dad ended up with full-blown tendinitis and had to wear braces on his arm to avoid getting carpal tunnel (CTS) so I knew I needed to do something to avoid similar long-term health issues.
After some intense Internet searching, it seemed I could at least hold off a doctor’s visit and more expensive treatment by improving my wrist strength. I bought a Forceball and started using it in my free moments at work. Even with no specific exercise plan, I have found that when I start to feel a little tension in my wrists, a few minutes of using Forceball at low speed helps relieve the discomfort immediately.
I’m now about to enter my 4th year in my desk job and haven’t had any complications from repetitive stress or CTS. I owe the fact that I’m not wearing a brace to my Forceball.
WRIST PAIN ON YOUR BIKE? PROBLEM SOLVED.
My problem started when I was 15 years old. I was out playing with friends and climbed up a tree – the branch broke and I fell, breaking my left arm at the wrist and metacarpal. After a long period of rehabilitation I regained my mobility, however, the efficiency has always been weaker than the other hand. When I rode a bike or wanted to pick up something heavy, strong pain occurred in the wrist
10 years later, at age 25, I bought a motorcycle but couldn’t enjoy the ride because of wrist pain. One evening, while trying to find an online solution to the problem, I discovered Forceball. I decided to buy the 250hz version with counter. After just a few weeks, my arm became noticeably stronger and wrist pain while riding the bike reduced considerably. I exercised regularly with the ball and after a few months I am pleased to say that the pain completely stopped and I could finally enjoy the motorbike! Thank you for this wonder!
TENDINITIS IN THE HAND?PROBLEM SOLVED.
I’m 49 years old and I work in a dialysis clinic, one of my tasks is cleaning and changing the filters patients use to filter their blood and that consists of a lot of accurate wrist movements from left to right and right to left many times. Around 7 years ago after long years of performing the same task I developed a severe tendinitis and a cyst in my right hand I had surgery to remove the cyst but after that I couldn’t go back to my job. I went to a lot of doctors for rehabilitation but none of them could help me to get back to work. My son insisted very persistently to try his “plastic ball” – that he had read it’s good for tendinitis. To be honest I was really skeptical about this little ball that glowed blue and was purchased online somewhere in Europe.
One day I thought what can I lose and told my son “teach me how to use it”. Those were the wisest words I’ve said in a long time – I couldn’t let go this little ball. It took me just 4 weeks of using Forceballto get better and return to work. I’ve been using Forceball from that day regularly and I haven’t had tendinitis again. I’m so very grateful and always tell everybody about how I got better. Thanks for giving me my wrist back, I really appreciate that and hope you like my little story.
WEAK WRIST AFTER A BREAK? PROBLEM SOLVED.
I am a cycling instructor and I travel everywhere by bicycle, so when I broke my wrist in a fall from my bike one wet morning last October, I was pretty devastated. Thankfully, the team of doctors at A&E were able to manipulate my bones back into position without recourse to pins or plates. A friend recommended getting a Forceball although I’d never heard of them until that point. It took a while to get the knack of it, but once I had there was no stopping me.
I started with VERY gentle exercise, just small, gentle rotations, for a couple of minutes, and building up strength very gradually – if I overdid it, my wrist was quick to let me know!
together, I was off my bike (and off work) for 5 months. The physiotherapy I was given by the NHS was good but basic and my therapist was delighted with the progress I made, which was mainly down to the Forceball. Even though my wrist is now back to almost full strength, I still use my Forceball, with both hands. I am amazed that something so simple can go from such gentle exercise to begin with, to really powerful exercise as the muscles and tendons start to regain their strength. The problem with most therapeutic exercise is it is repetitive and boring but not with Forceball!
TENNIS ELBOW? PROBLEM SOLVED
I got tennis elbow from constantly using my laptop and it was a major issue. For a while, it got so bad, I couldn’t even lift a glass of water using my right arm, my elbow would just give way.
I started some exercise to help strengthen and rebuild but it was slow and hard going, causing me more injury at times. I got really fed up with the pain and having a useless arm, especially since I am right handed so I went searching online for something better and discovered Forceball and thought, ok, I’ll give this a try.
I used it regularly and it really has given strength back and reduced my pain considerably so I’m delighted with the outcome. From time to time I will get a small twinge in the left arm as though it’s about to go the same way but using Forceball keeps it sorted. It’s all taken only a few weeks so it’s a fantastic result, I suffered for months before this.