Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with massage

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by inflammation or entrapment of the median nerves within the carpal tunnel of the inside of the wrist. It’s often associated with repetitive motions or strains over long periods of time, such as working at a computer or long hours at an assembly line. It’s also very common in pregnant women and those who sleep on their stomachs with their hands curled up under them.

Genetics such as hereditary small carpal tunnels and diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may also contribute to the symptoms.

  • Pain, tingling and numbness and tingling in the hand, thumb, wrist and forearm.

  • Difficulty grasping or carrying objects.

  • Interrupted sleep due to pain (which can be worse in the evening)

Fixing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome requires relieving the pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. This is often done through wrist splints or surgery, but massage is also a really effective non-invasive and cost-efficient treatment for the condition.

Massage therapy addresses the inflammation, pain and numbness by softening and lengthening the muscles and fascia of the neck, shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. It’s best used as a complementary treatment in the early stages (when symptoms first appear).

During a massage to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a therapist uses deep tissue work to help release adhesions, trigger points, and tension in the soft tissue of the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand. A therapist will also often work with the pectoral and subscapularis muscles to release the medial rotation of the shoulder.

Many clients experience carpal tunnel relief after the first session, however for long term relief it will generally take 4 to 6 sessions. This will depend on the severity and length of time of symptoms. A full recovery can often be made.

A word of caution... It should be noted that feeling relief of your symptoms doesn’t mean that the condition has been completely cured. Be sure to continue consulting with your medical specialist!

If you’ve been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and would like to use massage to help alleviate symptoms, you’re in the right place! You can make a booking with one of our therapists here. We’ve got clinics in Mount Hawthorn and Cannington.

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