With so many people spending both their working hours and recreation time on the computer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is becoming more and more commonplace. The constant clicking of mouse pads or pressing keys to type causes some people intense wrist pain that massage can help alleviate.
The Pain of Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome comes from constant pressure on the median nerve, which runs down the inside of the forearm from the elbow to the hand. Pain develops from repetitive movements such as typing on a keyboard or from other repetitive activities, such as a mechanic that must turn a wrench during the day. Playing a musical instrument or even sleeping in an awkward position can exacerbate the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Most doctors prescribe a reduction of these repetitive activities, but for some that may not be an option as they can be tied to work. Other doctors prescribe a brace that can help alter some of these movements to release the pressure.
Power of Massage
Massage has shown to help the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which include numbness, tingling and pain in the hand or fingers. Massage helps relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles of the wrist and forearm.
Restoring the muscles to full elasticity allows the wrist to move more freely and more aptly handle the motions that caused pain in the first place.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms will not disappear after one massage, but can improve with regular treatment. Massage therapists can also teach you stretching exercises and routines that can help relieve symptoms in the future.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be terribly painfully. It can also be very frustrating as people need their hands and wrist to do some many tasks, related to work or not. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact a massage therapist in addition to your doctor. Massage therapy can be helpful in treating symptoms and pain in addition to prescribed care from a medical professional.