Weight lifting combats the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome

The entire workload of my job can be handled entirely online.

I devote the whole workday to typing on a keyboard.

A little over a year ago, I began having issues with sharp pain in my right arm. It was mainly centered in my wrist, forearm and elbow. I researched the symptoms and determined it was a combination of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. The pain was the result of the long hours of computer work. Since I can’t stop doing my job, I had no idea what to do about it. When I checked into possible remedies, I noticed that regular exercise was always at the top of the list. I’ve always kept up a daily fitness routine. I usually focus on those exercises that elevate my heart rate and get me breathing hard. I switch between jogging, cycling, jumping rope and following along with a high impact aerobic video. When I considered the pain in my arm, I realized that I was totally neglecting strength training. My usual fitness program works my legs and doesn’t provide much for my arms. I made it my priority to include some weight lifting. I didn’t let myself lift anything heavier than eight-pound weights and used high repetition. I gradually added push ups and pull ups and started holding my body weight in the plank position. At first, I needed the help of a brace on my right wrist because of the pain. However, as I slowly strengthened the muscles, I was able to get rid of the brace. I also lessened the pain. Noticing the improvement in the tone and appearance of my arms and shoulders, I started to include all muscle groups in my strength training.

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