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11 Carpal Tunnel Home Remedies for Crocheters
Finding carpal tunnel relief from crochet related hand pain can seem overwhelming at times. When I was diagnosed, I got LOADS of advice about carpal tunnel pain remedies from other crocheters and a few very scary possible treatment plan options, including possible surgery or joint injections.
But there are many useful home remedies for carpal tunnel that you can try first. These carpal tunnel home treatments can work wonders in reducing your hand pain from crocheting, especially when used under the guidance of your doctor or physical therapist.
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and this does not constitute medical advice. I encourage you to visit your physician if you’re experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms or pain.
11 Easy Home Treatments for Carpal Tunnel
1. Stretch, and use massage.
There are several great stretches that help stimulate blood flow in your hands and wrists. Try to remember to stretch before you crochet, and about every 15 minutes if you crochet for longer intervals. Using small resistance bands for the hands can help strengthen your grip as well. Stronger hands mean less strain from crocheting.
My physical therapist also recommended using a deep tissue roller ball (or a lacrosse or tennis ball in a pinch) to roll my thumb joint and my opposite forearm. You might have one at home that would do! If you also have shoulder pain from crocheting, you can use the massage ball to help loosen your upper back and chest muscles, too.
2. Ice your wrists to ease carpal tunnel inflammation.
Cold therapy can be helpful for wrists in small increments. You can simply freeze a non carbonated beverage can and use that, or purchase cold compress packs for your wrists.
3. Elevate your crochet project.
Using a small pillow to elevate your project can relieve a lot of the stress on your hands and neck. Nursing pillows like this work really well! So if you happen to have one lying around, put it to work again! You could use regular pillows of course, but that may not give enough support to your elbows.
4. Take anti-inflammatory supplements for carpal tunnel relief.
Some of my readers recommended some different supplements they take to help reduce inflammation and ease joint pain. Turmeric, B Vitamins, Omega-3 Fish oil, and Tart Cherry Juice are some of the most common recommendations.
These are readily available at my local grocery store or pharmacy, as well as online. I’ve started taking Turmeric in addition to my physical therapy and while it’s too early to say for sure, I do feel my symptoms improving.
5. Consider an anti-inflammatory diet.
This one does take a bit longer, but especially combined with the previous step, it could make a HUGE difference. Following an anti inflammatory diet can help alleviate the pressure on your nerves, including your carpal tunnel and median nerves.
One of my readers mentioned in my other carpal tunnel remedies post that following this diet relieved her symptoms greatly. I’m looking forward to learning more about how food can help ease those symptoms.
6. Wear Wrist Support Braces for Sleep.
My doctor recommended I wear a very heavy duty wrist brace for sleeping. Many people sleep in positions that compress their carpal tunnel nerves, which puts a lot of strain on them. The one pictured below is the exact wrist brace my doctor prescribed (but in black instead of taupe).
7. Use Hand Compression Gloves.
Since the wrist braces pictured above completely restrict joint movement, they don’t work well for knitting or crocheting. Many crocheters find a light wrist support can alleviate symptoms when worn while crocheting. You can find soft knitting stress relief gloves, or copper compression gloves, among other options.
8. Rest Your Hands.
We could all use some rest. Yes, even from our crochet projects, sometimes! Unfortunately, I was unable to find any naps for sale on Amazon. Yes, I looked… the closest thing I came up with is this awesome t-shirt. Ha!
But rest doesn’t always mean you have to completely stop crocheting. Consider working on your crochet projects in smaller chunks instead. Set a ten minute timer while you’re crocheting, and get up to drink some water, stretch your hands and rest your eyes after it goes off. Your hands will thank you!
9. Take an Over the Counter Anti-Inflammatory Medicine.
Using NSAIDs, or Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs, can relieve some of the inflammation that causes carpal tunnel pain. Some common NSAIDs include:
- Naproxen / Aleve
- Ibuprofen / Motrin or Advil
- Aspirin / Bayer
Pain killers like Tylenol/Paracetamol relieve pain but do not control inflammation. In theory, they would treat only the pain, but not relieve the inflammation.
Remember- you need to rest a little in conjunction with taking medicines!
10. Try a Topical Hand Cream With Pain Relievers.
There are several brands of hand creams that contain topical analgesics to soothe pain or relieve inflammation. Biofreeze cream, Salonpas pain patches, and Theraworx foam were recommended to me by readers who also suffer from carpal tunnel.
11. Use Ergonomic Crochet Hooks.
Wider, softer grips can ease the tension in your hands and help improve your hand position while crocheting. Here are some popular crochet hooks to consider:
- Furls Crochet Hooks
- Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
- Addi Swing Crochet Hooks
- Tulip Etimo Rose hooks
- Crochet Dude Ergonomic Handle Attachment
Do you have more Carpal Tunnel Tips to share?
If you have a quick tip for relieving hand pain from carpal tunnel, please share with us in the comments. If we work together, we can make a resource for crocheters to find the support they need to keep crocheting!