Carpal Tunnel Surgery Can Be Avoided With The Right Therapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is a very common condition that causes many people problems. The inability to do their work, sports and becoming a constant problem that for many, ends up in surgery.

What Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Repetitive movements cause a person to use their muscles again and again. This may be from computer work, a sport or even gardening. Any activity that uses the same set of muscles can become the culprit.

The carpal tunnel is a space or tunnel formed by your wrist bones (carpals). Nerves and tendons pass through this space and there isn’t very much room.

As muscles are used repeatedly, they can become shortened and tight. The problems start to occur when a person attempts to use these muscles in an activity needing the same range of motion to perform, but can’t achieve it because of the state of the muscles.

The muscle produces micro tears usually at attachment points between the tendons and muscle or tendons and bone. This causes inflammation. Inflammation can then occur in the carpal space, resulting in swelling which then can compress the nerve passing through the space.

This leads to the symptoms of numbness, pain, tingling and just an uncomfortable feeling that won’t go away. Many opt for surgery, but don’t realize that this isn’t addressing the cause of short tight muscles.

How Can Massage Therapy Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
A properly lengthened muscle will allow you do make the right actions without traumatizing muscle tissue. There are many effective massage therapy techniques that do a wonderful job of lengthening tissues in the muscles of the forearm and shoulder area that can alleviate trauma and swelling.

What’s been said about Massage therapy to address Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has done studies on the effectiveness of massage therapy lessening CTS symptoms. The participants were assigned randomly to a standard or massage therapy group.

The massage therapy group participants received a weekly massage on the affected area for four consecutive weeks. They were also given self massage techniques to use once a day before going to bed.

The standard treatment group received no treatments, but were taught self massage after the study.
Test were given and participants were assessed before and after the study.

The results showed that the massage group had measurably less pain and symptoms and increased grip strength. Functional movement also improved as well as less anxiety and depression because of their condition.

It just makes sense that restoring and maintaining healthy soft tissue is one of the keys to overcoming this problem along with awareness of the most optimal movement during any activity.

You can get relief with the right techniques performed for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Give us a call and find out more on how we can help you.