Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Causes: constant flexion and extension
of the wrist causing irritation of the tendons which leads to inflammation
and pressure on the median nerve.
Signs/Symptoms: tingling, burning, pins and needles feelings, weakness in the thumb and first three fingers; pain may occur in the wrist radiating up the arm. Extreme cases can cause loss of grip strength, muscle atrophy and constant wrist pain in which the client will drop things.
9 tendons and the median nerve pass through the tunnel from the forearm to the hand. Increased pressure in the tunnel form inflammation in one or many of the tendons irritate the median nerve.
see also anatomy pictures:
There are still many physicians who don't believe in using massage, physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture for such conditions. I have seen many cases of carpal tunnel resolve using massage and other methods. Surgery is often done as a last resort after trying everything else. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated successfully without surgery.
Prevention of Carpal Tunnel syndrome includes stretching regularly, strengthening the forearm, neck, shoulder and back muscles, learning about proper postural alignment, getting regular massage sessions, proper self care including diet, sleep, stress reduction.
Gary Null, ND Article from his website.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
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