What is it?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hand, fingers, and wrist as a result of a compressed median nerve. Those with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience pain and weakness along with feelings of tingling, tickling, burning, and numbness. Many times, carpal tunnel is the result of repetitive movements, such as frequent computer use or playing the guitar.
If the symptoms go untreated, along with the pain and discomfort associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, patients may experience a decrease in sensitivity to both hot and cold and a possible decay of muscles in the thumb. For most patients, surgery is not required if the condition is diagnosed and managed effectively.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In some cases, the cause cannot be found. Sometimes there is a combination of factors such as:
- Arthritis – various types of arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, can cause inflammation and swelling
- Pregnancy – the hormones associated with pregnancy cause general fluid retention, which can compress the nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome triggered by pregnancy usually goes away soon after birth
- Wrist fractures – bone fragments can irritate the tenosynovium or reduce the amount of space in the carpal tunnel
- Congenital factors – some people have a smaller carpal tunnel than others
- Overuse injury – the tendons in the carpal tunnel can become irritated and inflamed by awkward postures or repetitive hand movements.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, soft tissue massage therapy is the most non-invasive, cost-efficient, and effective long-term treatment. Here at Elite Performance Therapy we have treated numerous carpel tunnel syndrome clients and seen positive results in reduced inflammation, pain, and numbness. Treatment programs may also include specific strengthening and release techniques as well as rehabilitation exercises where appropriate.