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Massage Therapy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

From an Article on Denver Integrative Massage School Jan 23, 2014

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects many people. Carpal tunnel is a narrow canal located where the forearm meets the wrist on the palm side of the hand. The canal contains tendons and one nerve – the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs the tendons get inflamed and thereby compress the median nerve. The condition has many causes, such as repetitive hand movements, illnesses, pregnancy, obesity and even poor posture. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and pain. In this article, we will take a closer look at how massage therapy can be used to successfully alleviate some of the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Typical treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include wrist splints, surgery and manual therapy. Massage therapy work includes stretching and lengthening the forearm muscles and fascia. Massage therapy was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically includes forearm, wrist and hand massage.  Once the forearm muscles are softened and lengthened, the inflammation can recede, reducing or eliminating the pain and numbness.  Massage therapy is the most effective, cost-efficient, and non-invasive way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome.

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