I have a client who has had carpal tunnel surgery (twice now). Recovery first time went pretty smoothly. This time not so smoothly (has some pain). She’s faithfully done all the rehab physio and exercises and is ready to get back to training. Any great ideas how to physically challenge her without hurting?
Thanks, all. I have indeed done research – just as I do for all my clients. It’s one of the reasons that I posted here.
Not sure about increasing the grip circumfrence, but will look into it. My client is quite petite (4’9″) and has very small hands.
Her current workout utilizes machines for much upper body and some great lower body challenges, which she loves.
She is doing much better (wrist-wise). She is a strong woman! 🙂
I suggest that you also look at the MELT Hand Treatment as an additional way to improve range of motion and mobility in her hands.
Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain and discomfort when they grasp things that have a small circumference.
I was given a suggestion by a physical therapist to increase the circumference of the grips/handles for the post-rehab carpal tunnel client.
One of the other things I would suggest is really familiarizing yourself with the pathology of carpal tunnel syndrome (if you have not as yet) so you can better understand what your client is experiencing.
Best to you!
I would suggest working very closely with her PT and Physician
Think ahead when training her by having her do the exercise with her “good hand” or by you showing her in detail what the next exercise is and be able to make the necessary adjustments quickly for her.
If you could train her without requiring holding weights or doing any weight bearing load on her wrists that would be ideal for now.