Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is caused by tension in the muscles of the wrist when they get too large and the tendons get too tight from overuse such as lengthy computer work or texting. The muscles and tendons compress the medial nerve and cause pain, discomfort, and sometimes numbness. Massage can greatly help this condition*.
Quoted in an article for Livestrong.com by Tom Pote, A "recent study conducted by the staff at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, 'Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened and grip strength increased following massage therapy.'" The massage should be performed on and around the wrist.
Massage therapy clients should get some relief in the first session but, it could take 5 or 6 more or less sessions to find a long term solution. Because the CTS affects the entire body, especially the shoulder girdle and arm, the massage will be a full-body massage. Expect an hour long session with a focus on the affected arm.
Some cases of CTS result in hand surgery and massage is a good place to start to try to avoid that. During the surgery, the affected tendons are cut to relieve the pressure and healing can take months.
By getting regular massage and explaining to your LMT that you type or text more on your job than normal, you can get that focus on the wrists to help keep the muscles from overdeveloping and the tendons at a normal amount of tightness. This can actually prevent CTS symptoms.
If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow can help. They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.
*Remember, it is strongly encouraged to get a diagnosis from a health care professional before assuming that it is CTS as other conditions have similar symptoms.
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