Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has been known by doctors for more than 100 years, but it took the emergence of computer keyboards for the condition to achieve national prominence. In fact, any activity that constantly strains the wrist, from guitar playing to rowing, from assembly line work to knitting, can bring it on. Sometimes, however, carpal tunnel syndrome can begin without any apparent cause at all. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pinched due to swelling of the nerve or tendons or both. The median nerve provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb, index, middle fingers, as well as the inside half of the ring finger and muscle power to the thumb. When this nerve becomes pinched, numbness, tingling and sometimes pain of the affected fingers and hand may occur and radiate into the forearm.
- We can recommend and fit you for a wrist splint.
- Educate and improve your sport or work ergonomics.
- Manual releases of the radial and ulnar nerves.
- Provide Interferential current or acupuncture.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- you might notice that their fingers "fall asleep" and become numb at night.
- might wake up with numbness and tingling in their hands.
- feeling of burning pain and numbness may generally run up the center of the person's forearm,
- sometimes CTS can reach as far as the shoulder.
- as carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, symptoms are noticed during the day.
Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts as repeated local irritations swell the tendons and ligaments in the wrist. This then compresses the median nerve, which passes through a "tunnel" from the forearm to the hand. The combination of the inflamed tendons and the squeezed median nerve are responsible for the pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the thumb and index and middle fingers characteristic of CTS.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand that affects some 5 million Americans. Carpal tunnel refers to a passageway in the wrist, composed of bones and ligaments, through which a major nerve system passes from the forearm into the hand.
For a variety of reasons--repetitive strain, arthritis, bone dislocation or fracture, fluid retention, or a variety of systemic changes affecting the entire body, such as diabetes--the carpal tunnel can become narrowed. When this occurs, the median nerve, which controls feeling and movement in the hand, is compressed by surrounding tissue or excess fluid. As the nerve is constricted, it causes numbness, weakness, or pain. Often affecting the dominant hand (though possible in both hands), these symptoms may appear suddenly or gradually, and may last for only a few days at a time or persist for several months.
Massage Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Massage therapy can be a safe and highly beneficial approach for clients with carpal tunnel syndrome. At the least, massage is an excellent preventive measure that could reduce the advancement of CTS to a more severe stage.
There are several importantfactors to note when considering massage for CTS. As mentioned earlier, direct manipulation of the damaged nerve is detrimental and may cause further problems. Practitioners should use great caution in applying any further pressure directly on the carpal-tunnel region. However, there are other beneficial techniques that can be used.
Women are far more susceptible than men are to carpal tunnel syndrome, in large part because more women perform the types of hand-intensive tasks (especially typing on computer keyboards) that put them at risk. The condition is also common among overweight women between ages 30 and 60 who have been pregnant. The sooner carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat--and the better the prognosis. Left untreated, however, the condition can lead to a weakened grip and severe chronic pain in the forearm or shoulder.
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Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for carpal tunnel syndrome. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.