I know you’re most likely reading this while sitting at your desk. I can guarantee your upper back is rounded forward, your pelvis is tucked under and your spine is flexed. To say the least, that’s not a good position in which to spend the majority of your day.
What you may not realize is that the position you’re in is wreaking havoc on your body. You may recognize it by the migraine you get around 3:00 each day. Or maybe you have trouble focusing on your computer screen after a long day of emails and spreadsheets. If the title of this post got your attention, then perhaps your wrists are screaming at you and you’ve been diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome.
What exactly does a diagnosis of carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) mean? According to Pain Free at Your PC by Pete Egoscue:
(Those suffering from CTS)…have ‘blisters’ in their wrists. There is friction and stress. These blisters are not caused by using a PC’s keyboard or mouse. They are caused by the adjustments that are made to skeletal misalignment. And they are just as visible as a limp. You can see these adjustments in the position of the head, the shoulders, the wrist, and the hands.
Just like you get blisters on your feet when there is excess pressure or friction, the bones of the wrist are no different. Your diagnosis of CTS is simply the body’s way of telling you that you’re out of balance. There is too much pressure on one area (in this case, the wrist), and your internal warning sirens are sounding!
The key to eliminating your “blisters” is simple. We have to stay focused on the position of the body rather than the condition of the body. Try this test (from Pete’s PC book) while sitting at your desk:
Sit sideways to a table or desk. Place your forearm on the table, running parallel with your thigh, with your palm down and your upper arm and elbow held at a ninety-degree angle. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your right or left side. Pull your head and shoulders back as far as you can. Feel the S-curve develop its arch in your lower back? Hold that position, and glance down at your wrist without moving your head position. You should see that now there is space under the wrist immediately behind the palm of your hand. If there isn’t, your head and shoulders are not fully back. Make sure to roll your hips forward to counteract flexion.
Got the arch in your wrist? Now, let go. Slump. Allow your back to round and your head and shoulders to come forward. The arch in your wrist will flatten. If you continue to push your shoulder forward and down, you’ll feel a growing strain and pressure in the wrist. Pull back on your shoulder, and the pressure will ease.
Pretty cool, huh? Now, that diagnosis of carpel tunnel syndrome doesn’t seem quite so scary! The coolest part is that if you can change the pain and pressure on your wrist simply by changing your posture, you now have control of your health back in your hands. You’re in charge again.
If you’re in pain while sitting at your desk, try these e-cises to reposition your body and regain control of your health:
You can also download four free e-cises by CLICKING HERE.
QUESTION: What was different when you put yourself through the above test?