Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Massage Therapy

Posted on November 11th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

More and more people are being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). It’s not wonder, we sit in front of a computer or use smart phones nearly every waking hour of the day. There are many ways to avoid CTS by incorporating a few exercises into your day.

What is CTS?
The carpal tunnel – a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand – houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm.

What causes it?
When we use a muscle over and over again, the muscle tightens and restricts circulation. When this occurs, muscle memory is lost and the muscle is unable to go back to a full resting length. The result is inflammation, swelling and nerve entrapment. As the inflammation and swelling increase, the symptoms also increase.

How can massage help me?
Massage therapy will work to correct the muscle imbalance between your wrist and hand. This secondary type of massage helps to activate the forearm muscles and put them back into balance. Through continued massage , your forearm muscles will strengthen and lengthen, eventually returning to their full range of capabilities.

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