This blog was a request from a client. A lot of people suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS) because of work related injuries or just the repetitiveness of their jobs. Massage can help with the pain associated with this chronic condition. First let’s look at the behind cause of CTS. In the area of the wrist there are bones, ligaments, and connective tissue supporting the channel to promote pivot movement for the wrists to move. When the channel itself becomes irritated due to a movement, this is what is classified as CTS. There are a variety of treatment options and massage can be one.
With massage what a therapist would do for pain management is to palpate the muscles effected in the hand and the forearms. Massaging the muscles in the forearm will relax the ligament which as causing pain from being stretched. Then working the muscles in the palm of the hand the therapist will use small circular motion. If the fingers have not been injured before stretching each finger will bring relief and release any air bubbles from the phalanges(the finger joints). After the phalanges have been worked on working on the top part of the hand will help with any pain associated with overworked ligaments.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is chronic and though massage does help carpal tunnel pain may still persist after a series of massage sessions. Doing little things to help yourself everyday will help 1) with pain and 2) from further injury.
What are those?
First thing you can do is to take your hand palm side up like your a waitress delivering food to a table and bend each finger backward gently to the point you can felt it stretch but not put you on the floor pain. Do this once in the morning and once after work, your joints will thank you. Another quick exercise to do is to grab your wrist with one hand holding tight and just rotate your hand up and down and side to side. This helps with the ligaments to not be overstretched.
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