Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Carpals are the bones in the wrist and the Tunnel through the wrist is where the median nerve runs from the arm to the hand. If the tunnel narrows due to swelling, muscle tightness or misalignment such as a wrist fracture, the nerve becomes squeezed. This leads one or more of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, such as numbness, a burning sensation, tingling or weakness.
How do I know if the pain in my wrist is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are two simple tests which your doctor can perform to help diagnose the disorder. Tinel's test involves tapping of the wrist along the median nerve; and Phanel's test in which the back of the hands are pushed together for one minute. Either test can produce the symptoms if the disorder is present.
Can massage therapy help relieve the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Definitely - which is why I've written this article! Massage therapy can relieve both the muscle tightness and swelling that causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Massage can loosen the flexors and extensors in the forearm.
Stress in the body due to poor posture or frequent misuse can result in tension from the wrist up the arm into the shoulders, neck and chest. Massage can loosen this tension and relieve the cause of the syndrome or prevent it before it starts.
Muscle stretching is often overlooked, yet it is so important to maintain health and flexibility and avoid problems. Your massage therapist or doctor can suggest some stretches which can help. As a qualified therapist I always include such advice as part of a treatment, so my patients can help the healing process in the days after their session.
Some people when asleep, curl up into a foetal position and curve their arms into their body and tightening their wrists, resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Some have found wearing a wrist brace at night keeps them from curving their wrists inward and pinching off that median nerve. In addition, some have found it helpful to wear a wrist brace while at the computer to keep their wrists supported. Making sure your wrists are relaxed and straight when you are at the computer can help avoid problems.
Ice can help decrease the swelling in your wrists and relieve the pain. You can ice your wrist for up to 10 minutes with an hour in between each treatment. In principle, the more often you ice the more effective the treatment.
Exercising at your desk can strengthen your wrists and help avoid trouble. Rotate your wrist in both directions 10 times every hour and squeeze a rubber ball or tension equipment. Your wrists will thank you!
© 2012 Paul G Clarke
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