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Anyone have any advice for dealing with Carpel Tunnel? I've just been getting pain in my left thumb. I'm a lefty, but play right handed. It might have started from practicing, but a couple months ago I was doing a lot of wood carving as well. Using my thumb in a push motion. Any exercises recommended? Sounds like heat can help? I am wearing a wrist brace. And, it is not as bad if I am playing in a classical position. Thanks, Scott

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If you are only having pain in your thumb, perhaps you jammed it pretty bad. If it is in your wrist this is what I found.

Physical therapy:  Practice stretching exercises to improve function.
  • Place an ice pack on the wrist to relieve symptoms
  • Place the hand in warm water and flex it gently
  • Take frequent breaks and rest your hand if your work requires continuous/repetitive use


Foods to eat:

  • Omega- 3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts and seeds
  • Vitamin rich foods such as cantaloupe, cauliflower
  • Anti-Inflammatory foods such as berries, and leafy vegetables

Foods to avoid:

  • Alcohol
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