Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Do you experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and not even know it? If you notice frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Other symptoms include decreased grip strength which may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. Wikipedia groups this under Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

To some people a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), may be referred to as a Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD), Occupational Overuse Syndrome, or Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD). However you want to call it, it comes from overuse of a tool, eg. computer, guitar or knife, or other activity that requires repeated movements. Mentally, you may just ignore the pain. And as and you continue to do what you're doing, it gets to the point where you can't do almost anything.

This is why a work environment that is ergonomically friendly is important. My office is set up almost perfectly. And I've been on the road with my laptop for three months now. The flat keyboard of my laptop and the silly little scratch surface that works as an immobile mouse has brought me to the point where I am experiencing an acute case of CTS, RSI or whatever the heck you want to call it. I was ignoring the discomfort until I noticed I couldn't turn the pages of a newspaper. This got me looking for a fast and nonsurgical answer.

I put on an old-fashioned wrist brace, and it helped. The downside is their clumsy, stiff and pretty hot. So I went to the drugstore to see what other options are there might be. I came across the Imak Smart Glove and decided to give one a try. It was an immediate improvement over the old fashion wrist brace. That got me wondering what other people thought about the Imak Smart Glove. Checking around, most folks gave it pretty high marks.

They only come in the color, black. There is no left or right handed version, like the traditional wrist brace. Simply turn the Smart Glove inside out for the other hand. The base of the Smart Glove has little beads that support the hand which is also supposed to increase blood circulation by massaging. According to the reviews I read the cloth material is easy to wash and wears well in prolonged use. I can certainly attest to the fact that it is much cooler.

I was so impressed with the Smart Glove that I ordered a pair, only this time I ordered Smart Gloves with thumb support.

The most common complaint I read about regarding the Imak Smart Glove is the beads interfere with large mice. Other manufacturers include Futuro and Handeze Flex-Fit. Some reviewers have incorrectly states of the number of sizes that are available. I have found no less than five different Smart Glove sizes. The way to determine your glove sizes to use a ruler to measure across the four knuckles, not including the thumb.

Just as the right sized shoe is the one that your foot, so it goes with a glove to prevent CTS/RSI. I personally prefer the attributes of the Smart Glove. Take the time to go find your preference. I love doing research and reporting the Nuggets to you here at TRCB. It is not fun to not be able to perform because of CTS/RSI. And besides, that it's just plain painful.

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