Everyday, we make use of our hands regardless of the activity. We write with our hands, we drive, commute, eat, etc. Basically, everything that we do requires the use of hands. It’s hard to imagine getting through our day without using them!
Our hands are delicate and precise instruments made up of various networks of blood vessels, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves. Arguably, the nerves are the most important of these, because they allow us to use our hands to feel – and touch is the most important aspect of the hands.1
Through nerves, we feel sensations that are transmitted to the brain. And just like any other systems in the hand, the nervous system is prone to injury due to excessive use and fatigue and these injuries can be debilitating to the use of our hands.
Symptoms of nerve damage in the hand
The primary symptom of nerve damage in the hand is loss of sensation, which means that heat, cold, and pain are not felt in the hand as they would be in the rest of the body, which can lead to severe injuries.
Damage to motor nerves can cause weakness, twitching, and paralysis in the hand, wrist and arm. Sensory nerve damage symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, increased sensitivity, burning, and problems positioning the hand correctly.2
Hand exercises to help wrist and hands
Asking someone to stop everything they are doing that involves their hands in an instant is near to being impossible.
However, there are quick exercises/stretches that can help prevent nerve damage to one’s hands/wrists. Wrist exercises increase flexibility and help lower the risk of injury. Stretches are recommended as a preventive measure or to ease slight pain.
It wouldn’t hurt to take a quick break and do any of these stretches.3
Preventing nerve damage in the hands
Stretching is an important part of any healthy routine, it can help provide increased circulation, movement, and mobility to your body. But don't limit your exercises! Take a 5-minute break every 3 to 4 hours and give your whole body a good stretch. It's important to take good care of yourself and avoid workplace-related hand injuries.
It’s also important that you give boost to your body by taking vitamin B-Complex everyday which can help in preventing nerve damage. Always consult your doctor before taking any prescriptions.