What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very painful syndrome that affects the hands and wrists. This syndrome can strike anyone who uses his or her hands in a repetitive motion.
But massage therapy can help to diminish the devastating affects of this syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a compression of the median nerve as it passes under the transverse carpal tunnel ligament. Some symptoms of CTS are pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the affected hand. Muscle and connective tissue can shorten and swelling can occur.
Who is affected by CTS?
Workers who use their hands in repetitive movements are the most at risk. Typing, knitting, and factory work are just some of the examples of activities that can produce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Other causes of CTS include, but are not limited to: fracture of the wrist, endocrine gland disorders such as diabetes, menopause, and tumors. Pregnancy can also be a trigger for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to the increased fluid retention.
What if I’ve had the surgery, and still have CTS pain?
It is important to realize that surgery is not always a permanent fix for those who suffer from CTS, especially if you have returned to the kind of work that caused the CTS to begin with.
If surgery has been performed, massage therapy can be used to prevent re-entrapment of the nerve and to manage scar tissue.