Yoga Remedy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome = Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
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Lying flat on your belly, bring your hands under your shoulders with your forehead touching the floor. Hug your elbows back in and into your body. Activate your legs by pointing your toes away from you and pressing the tops of your feet into the floor. Press your pubic bone into the floor. With an inhalation, slowly lift your chest off the floor using 100% of your lower back strength rather than the force of your hands.
Come up half way until just your belly button is on the floor. The rest of your upper body is in the air. Elbows should be in close to the body at 90 degrees. Shoulders are away from the ears. Very little weight is in your arms because you are a cobra and cobras don’t have arms. Relax your face and jaw and remember to breath. Look up toward the ceiling. Your body follows your eyes. After a few breaths, release to the floor on an exhalation.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), the idea of subjecting your aching wrists to the rigors of yoga might seem out of the question. But according to a number of yoga experts, the practice can offer just the healing you need.
Sandy Blaine, a yoga instructor who runs CTS preventative yoga workshops in San Francisco, says that combating mild to moderate CTS symptoms is primarily a matter of counteracting the repetitive movements that created them. That means stretching out the upper back, next shoulders, arms hands and wrists. She recommends spending 30 minutes a day stretching out those areas ideally in two 15 minute segments.
CTS healing really comes down to two key factors, according to Judith Lasater, Ph. D., a physical therapist and Iyengar Yoga instructor – awareness and postural alignment. All types of yoga are centered on teaching students to be aware of their posture, breathing and thoughts. This helps increase awareness of postural habits which can contribute to injury.
OTHER RECOMMENDED POSES
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Garurasana (Eagle Pose)
This information is from The Editors of Yoga Journal