Many people experience the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, also associated with pain and numbness in the hands. It could be caused by repetitive motion in the hands or wrists, or even brought on by swelling of the ligaments and tissues during pregnancy. No matter the cause, the symptoms are never pleasant.
Some carpal tunnel sufferers may get surgery before trying other treatment options to relieve the pain and discomfort. Surgery does provide an instant relief quite effectively by cutting through the roof truss and letting the dome widen. The results are usually dramatic and the relieved nerve generally is relieved of pain almost immediately from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, one of the less intensive approaches to treating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is massage.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, "carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems and possibly patterns of hand use. Bound by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway — about as big around as your thumb — located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. Compression of the nerve produces the numbness, pain and, eventually, hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome".
Basic initial treatment involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least two weeks, avoiding aggravating activities, changing patterns of hand use and wearing a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending. Acupuncture, yoga, stretching and strengthening exercises recommended by a physical or occupational therapist may help relieve pain as well. A wrist brace or splint can help relieve night pain by preventing wrist flexion that naturally occurs when we sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are possible signs that you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome:
As massage therapists, we work with our clients with carpel tunnel syndrome by performing techniques to relieve pressure in the hand to create more movement thereby relieving some of the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel,” says Paul Scholl, National Certified Therapist Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB).
"Tremendous trauma in the upper neck or thoracic spine, such as whiplash, can cause symptoms in the future, not necessarily carpel tunnel. Massage therapy will help address the symptoms by softening and lengthening the forearm muscles and fascia as well as the neck and shoulders, working down from the elbow and forearm into the wrist and hand,” says Scholl. “As the tissues soften and lengthen, the inflammation is able to retreat, and with that, many times clients get relief from the symptoms.
This is an effective and non-invasive way to deal with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome or similar hand and. We also suggest getting a second opinion from your trusted chiropractor for possible misaligned carpal joints. We often work with other practitioners such as chiropractors and occupational therapists to help our patients. We encourage our clients to try non-invasion methods prior to taking a more severe step to relieve pain,” he added.
References: Mayo Clinic