Do you often feel a sharp pain whenever you flex your wrist? How about a tingling or burning sensation? Unfortunately, these can be signs that you are suffering from a common condition often found in the warehouse: carpal tunnel syndrome.
Although this disorder is very rampant in warehouse workers, you can break free from this uncomfortable, occupation-related condition. Here are some tips that can help you prevent carpal tunnel injuries while you work your hardest:
Utilize ergonomically-designed controls.
Warehouse workers, especially those who operate transporters, are at a huge risk of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The repetitive nature of wrist-twisting – a necessary act in order to maneuver the transporter – is said to be the culprit behind carpel tunnel injury in most employees
Since wrist-twisting cannot be avoided, the best way to circumvent the pain and discomfort associated with transporter operation is to make use of ergonomically-designed controls. Make sure to request one from your boss. After all, an operator-friendly control is definitely cheaper than health insurance claims (especially if you need to undergo surgery.)
Reduce your force and lighten your grip.
More often than not, individuals diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome make use of excessive force and tightened grips in their jobs. To prevent the development of such a disorder, make sure to reduce your force and your grip. For example, use a lighter force when operating the controls in your transporter.
Maintain the proper form.
Bending your wrist up and down frequently can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. In order to avoid this, you need to maintain the proper form: the wrist should be relaxed and in the middle.
While manipulating your transporter, position your wrist so that it is at the height of your elbow – or lower. While carrying heavy objects, maintain the same form as well.
Mind your posture.
You might not notice it, but improper posture while carrying objects or operating the transporter can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. How does this happen? When your back is hunched, the muscles in your neck and shoulders are gradually shortened, while neck nerves get compressed. Such nerve compression can take a toll on your wrists – and therefore lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Take a break.
Sometimes, when you are all focused on your warehouse work, you forget to take a breather. While this might earn you points with your employer, it can lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Whenever you can, take a break – so you can stretch your wrist or give it a rest. Change your position or perform another activity in order to give your wrist its much-deserved breather.
Keep it warm.
Most carpal tunnel syndrome injuries are developed in working environments with cold temperatures. If you need to mobilize goods to extremely cold stockrooms and warehouses, make it a point to wear fingerless gloves. These can keep your wrists warm and pain-free.
Wear a wrist splint.
Overuse of the hand and the wrist, as well as constant flexing of the wrist, are some of the biggest causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. If these activities are common in your daily job, a good way to prevent the pain related with the condition is to wear a wrist splint. This can keep the affected wrist in a neutral and relaxed position.
Consume a Vitamin B6-rich diet.
New studies show that workers with carpal tunnel syndrome usually suffer from Vitamin B6 insufficiency. If you do not want to develop this work-hampering disease, then make sure to consume a diet rich in Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6.) Foods brimming with this nutrient include bran, pistachios, raw garlic, liver, fish and sesame seeds.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and uncomfortable condition that can minimize your productivity at work. Worse, it can lead to surgery if left untreated. So before it leads to this – follow these tips! After all, prevention is better than cure.