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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Massage Therapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Massage Therapy

Kayla Burnside

    As a therapist I know a ton of clients who experience the pain amd frustration that comes with carpal tunnel syndrome. You may be asking what that is, do I have it, and how do we fix it? 

     Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the arms and hands. It is caused by the median nerve being compressed in the carpal tunnel, which is a very narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist. The median nerve travels up into the forearm which is why some may feel these symptoms in the arms. The nerve supplies sensation to the palm,  thumb and all of the fingers except the little finger. This is why you may experience pain, numbness and tingling in all of these areas. A lot can contribute to the syndrome including the anatomy of the wrist, various health problems, and most commonly, repetitive movements and overuse of the wrist.

     Symptoms occur gradually in the beginning. You may experience numbness and tingling in your hand and all of the fingers except your little finger. The sensations may be faint and come and go throughout the day and night. If not treated they will become constant over time. Most people notice these signs when clenching their hands as in holding a steering wheel, holding the phone or a magazine. Some people also experience weakness in their hands causing them to drop objects when using their thumbs to grasp things. 

     Massage can be a great healing measure to reduce the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Using deep tissue and some neuromuscular techniques, a therapist  can release tension "kinks" throughout the entire arm. Therapists who are experienced with working with this diagnosis know that the nerves in the neck and shoulder supply the nerves amd muscles that travels down the arm. Working the whole area will be most beneficial and crucial for your recovery. Note, the longer you have been experiencing symptoms, the longer it will take to relieve the issues. Clients will feel immediate relief after getting work done, but for long term relief, regular sessions with the therapist are recommended. Communication is key between you and your therapist. The therapist needs to stay updated on how your recovery is going just as they need to stay updated on new things that could be helping your specific situation. 

     Pay attention to signs you may be having. Go to the doctors for further advice, but definitely come in and see your favorite therapist here at Elements for non-surgical relief!   

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