Do Gloves Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Question: Do Gloves Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I've heard that wearing gloves can help alleviate my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Is that true?

Answer: It depends. Gloves can help relieve repetitive stress injury symptoms, or in this case Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, that is caused by poor circulation. Gloves can help keep your hands and wrists warm which improves circulation, but tight gloves can actually restrict circulation so keep them loose and comfortable.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is basically a swelling around the Carpal Tunnel that presses on a nerve. That swelling or inflammation can be aggravated by heat. Icing it down will reduce the swelling. But the warmth and the increased circulation it brings helps the healing process, especially with tendons and ligaments that do not receive a lot of blood, to begin with.

So do gloves help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? That depends on which part of the cycle you are in. If you have just caused the swelling gloves might not help. But since you are not adding heat (just retaining natural warmth) you are probably not going to hurt anything more. When you are resting and healing they can help.