Carpel Tunnel Relief by Massage

Getting Carpel Tunnel Relief by Massage occurs by properly releasing the flex-or muscles in the forearm.  Therefore eliminating the need for a surgical procedure and recovery time.

Repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, can cause pain in the wrist and hand. This condition results with continuous and prolonged compression of the median nerve.  This sensation nerve runs from the forearm into the hand.  It provides feeling sensations to the palm and thumb side of the hand.


Carpel Tunnel Relief by Massage

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpus is a word derived from the Greek word karpos, meaning ‘wrist’.carpal, tunnel, relief, massage  The wrist is surrounded by a band of fibrous tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint.

The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel.  It transmits feeling sensations from the thumb, index and middle fingers of the hand.

Any condition causing swelling of the tissue within the carpal tunnel can squeeze and irritate the median nerve. Irritation of the median nerve in this manner causes tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, and the middle fingers.  Thus the condition known as “carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Tendon inflammation resulting from repetitive work, such as uninterrupted typing, can also cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive maneuvers has been referred to as one of the repetitive stress injuries.  Although this relationship remains controversial in the evidence based literature.

Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal, tunnel, relief, massage Surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.  It is done  ucarpel, tunnel, relief, massagender local anesthesia. The ligament overlying the top of the carpal tunnel is cut to relieve pressure. The healed ligament will allow more space in the carpal tunnel.

What to Expect After Surgery

However, there may be some swelling and stiffness right after surgery.  By elevating the hand above the heart and moving the fingers frequently stiffness will subside.   While healing a wrist brace may need to be worn for a few weeks.  However you will still be able to use your hands. Pain and weakness usually resolve within two months after surgery.  While it may take six months to a year to recover completely.

Strengthening Exercises

Once carpal tunnel symptoms subside, a physical therapist can teach you stretching and strengthening exercises.  Thus helping prevent pain, numbness, and weakness from coming back.  A physical or occupational therapist can also teach you the correct ways to perform tasks correctly.  Enabling the median nerve from becoming inflamed again, causing symptoms to return.

If the forearm Flexor muscles are ridged they keep the ligaments drawn tight that pass through the ‘tunnel’.  This causes inflammation and swelling in the wrist restricting movement at this point.  As inflammation swells the ligaments the ‘tunnel’ squeezes the space causing pain and weakness.  To open the space provided by the ‘tunnel’ has not released the flexor muscles that are causing the tightness.   

Maybe if the median nerve gets inflamed again it indicates the surgery only addressed the result of the problem.  While the cause of the symptoms was never corrected!  About 80% of Carpel Tunnel surgeries could have been avoided by properly releasing the forearm flexor muscles.

Nerves of the Arm

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Three main nerves run past the elbow and wrist to the hand.

  • Median nerve. This nerve passes down the inside of the arm and crosses the front of the elbow. At the wrist it goes through a “tunnel”- called the carpal tunnel. The ‘tunnel’ is made up of the wrist bones and a tough band of connective tissue (ligament).  The median nerve serves muscles that help bend the wrist and fingers. It is a main nerve for the muscles that bend the thumb. The median nerve also gives feeling to much of the hand.  While coursing around the palm, the thumb, and the index and middle fingers. When the median nerve is compressed over a long period, it can cause carpal tunnel pain.
  • Carpal tunnel symptoms are caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. While symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.
  • Tendon pain is actually a symptom of tendinosis, very small tears (microtears) in the tissue around the tendon. Along with pain and tenderness, common symptoms of tendon injury include decreased strength and movement in the affected area.
  • De Quervain’s disease can occur in the hand and wrist.   When tendons and the tendon covering (sheath) on the thumb side of the wrist swell and become inflamed.
  • Repetitive motion syndrome describes symptoms such as pain, swelling, or tenderness that occur from repeating the same motion over and over.
  • Writer’s cramps develop with repeated hand or finger motion, such as writing or typing.
  • Trigger finger or trigger thumb occurs when the flexor tendon and its sheath in a finger or thumb thicken or swell. www.…/carpal-tunnel/carpal-tunnel-syndrome

Overuse problems

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs through the prolonged compression of the median nerve in the forearm.  Oftentimes within the carpal tunnel in the wrist.  The median nerve supplies sensation (feeling) to the palm and thumb side of the hand.

A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.  Repetitive use of the hand and forearm muscles (flexors).  The anatomy of the wrist, and certain underlying health problems.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway.  Which is surrounded by bones and ligaments.  This tunnel protects the median nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers.

However, prolonged compression of the median nerve produces the numbness, tingling and, eventually, hand weakness.  Which characterize carpal tunnel syndrome.

With proper treatment most people usually can get relief from the tingling and numbness.  As well as restoring normal wrist and hand function.

Hand therapy. Certain physical and occupational hand therapy techniques may help improve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

However, knowing what causes carpal tunnel can avoid the injury. Typically, poor posture can cause carpal tunnel.  It is an overuse injury.  So while sitting at your desk, rearrange your work, chair height daily to ease movement and function.  Eliminate overuse of uncomfortable reaching.

Many times, prolonged wrist extension causes carpal tunnel and also keeping the hand in one position for long periods.  Oftentimes, simply raising (or lowering) your desk or raising your computer screen can help.  Thus getting your body in a tight, comfortable position at the computer can bring immediate carpal tunnel relief.  Dr. Axe

The Muscle Release TechniqueSM

carpel, tunnel, relief, massageThe Muscle Release TechniqueSM was developed by Michael Young, NCTMB. It stems  from a technique developed in Europe. While Michael has had profoundly successful results in utilizing this technique with chronic and acute soft tissue injuries. Now he can take these chronic pain sufferers to a pain free condition in a short period of time. Treating people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, Sciatica Syndrome, Knee Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Hammer Toes, and Fibromyalgia.  He holds seminars and workshops across the country to train other professionals in the Muscle Release TechniqueSM. His courses have been approved by various agencies for CE hours.

In 1998 Michael published “What Your Doctors Don’t Want You to Know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis”.   The Massage and Bodywork Magazine printed this article.

Repetitive Use Injury Therapy

Tom Suderman, located in Central California,  took advanced training from Michael Young.  The Repetitive Use Injury Therapy is so beneficial to soft tissue sufferers.  Tom has been a practicing massage therapist for 18 years.  While this treatment has been used on Carpel Tunnel Syndrome clients very effectively.

 Treatments are available to sufferers on appointment.  Tom works at two locations in Central California; Reedley and Visalia.  His work focuses mainly on Pain Issues in the soft tissue.  Or for info email

To relieve Carpel Tunnel Syndrome surgically the ligament bridging the ‘tunnel’ is severed.  Thus removing its tension causing pressure on the median nerve.

Michael Young found the impingement on the median nerve can also occur above the ‘tunnel’ in the forearm.   By incrementally stretching the flex-or and ex-tensor muscles pressure on the nerve is relieved.  These muscles attach to the tendons that pass through the ‘tunnel’ to activate the hand.  While having experienced that same remedy in my clients.

The Repetitive Use Injury Therapy can effectively eliminate the need for surgery to the benefit of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.  When the muscles in the upper forearm become ridged they pull against the tendons passing through the ‘tunnel’.  Thus causing inflammation in that area.  Resulting in pain in the wrist and hand.  By massaging the entire forearm with the Muscle Release Technique the muscles become flexible again.  Thus relieving pain in the wrist and hand.  Then comfortable use of the hand returns, while tingling/numbness and other issues disappear.

With Carpel Tunnel Syndrome the reasonable approach is to try The Muscle Release Technique treatment first.  Before committing to a surgical procedure that is invasive and takes months of recovery time.



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