Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition involving entrapment of the median nerve, resulting in pain, burning, numbness and weakness in the arms, wrist and hand. It is one of the most common injuries seen in hospitals and medical offices.
Commonly caused by constant movement of the wrist, neck and/or shoulders, carpal tunnel can also be caused by trauma to the wrist (fracture or break), misalignment of the wrist, or arthritis.
massage of the hand, wrist, and forearm will
often produce a decrease in pain symptoms within a few weeks. Ice might also be helpful to reduce swelling and inflammation.
If the nerve is restricted at the spinal cord (usually in the neck area), the therapist will include work on the shoulders and back in the massage treatments.
Your physician may recommend surgery if you have been feeling wrist pain for an extended amount of time. Always consult with him/her about your symptoms.
What will a massage therapist do to help?
Long, deep strokes on the muscles of the forearm are used to help release tight restrictions. Extension movements with the fingers, wrists, and arm are often performed to help increase range of motion.
The therapist will work several muscles in the shoulder and the neck, including rotator cuff muscles, muscles in the armpit, and scalene muscles, located in front and behind the neck.
The work may be painful and cause tingling sensations in the arm
You will learn about how to determine which muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments are involved, according to the symptoms or type of pain (burning, numbness, tingling) you are feeling.
Most therapists will encourage icing the wrists after the session for 15-20 minutes.
He/She may also introduce good exercises or stretches for carpal tunnel syndrome (like the ones in the massage video clip above) to reduce pain and weakness in the arms and hands.