People often ask me about non-medical treatment options for their carpal tunnel syndrome. Are their dietary changes or lifestyle changes that can resolve their symptoms? And in fact, some of that may be true because swelling throughout the body can affect the carpal tunnel, avoiding excessive salt intake and anything that can cause fluid retention may help to minimize symptoms. Activity modification is also very important in helping to minimize and even treat early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If your natural habits are to sit at your desk for eight to 10 hours at a time, typing away and using the mouse without any breaks, and without changing your hand and wrist position, you may be setting yourself up for worsening symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. So practicing good habits with frequent breaks, changing your posture, making sure that your workstation is set up properly, can help to minimize symptoms. However, if your symptoms persist despite these remedies and they progress and become more bothersome, it’s important to talk to your doctor and to seek a referral to a hand specialist so that carpal tunnel syndrome can be effectively treated and not get worse.