The thumbnail version:

  • Carpel tunnel syndrome is a potential consequence of extensive use of a manual press.

The full version:

Carpel tunnel syndrome is associated with the use of traditional squeegees on manual presses often enough to be a red flag.

The best way to explain it is by a series of questions and answers.

What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of the hand. When the median nerve is compressed, symptoms occur.”

How would you know if you had carpel tunnel syndrome?

You may notice tingling and numbness in the fingers or hand. Usually the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are affected, but not the little finger. You might feel a sensation like an electric shock in these fingers. The sensation may travel from the wrist up the arm.

How is carpel tunnel syndrome treated?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated in two ways: non-surgically or with surgery. There are pros and cons to both approaches. Typically, non-surgical treatments are used for less severe cases and allow you to continue with daily activities without interruption. Surgical treatments can help in more severe cases and have very positive outcomes.

How can carpel tunnel syndrome be caused by manual screen printing?

Repetitive motion and pressure on the fingers and wrists while pulling a squeegee can cause carpel tunnel syndrome.

How can it be avoided if you’re a manual press operator?

The obvious precaution to take is to use an ergo-friendly squeegee. Stanley’s has such a squeegee, the EZGrip Squeegee. Click here for a video demonstration of the EZGrip. It could save you a lot of pain and money.