Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand, wrist, and even the forearm. It can also make gripping or grasping items difficult, as well as interrupts sleep. The carpal tunnel is the passageway from the wrist to the hand that is made up of tendons, ligaments, and bone. When this area becomes inflamed, it compresses the median nerve that runs down the arm through the anterior (inside) side of the wrist and into the hand. When this nerve is compressed, it can be painful, cause the tingling or numbness, and make using that hand and wrist difficult.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often viewed as an overuse injury, but several factors may be the cause of the nerve compression and pain such as:
In many cases, modifications can help reduce, or even prevent, the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Here are some common modifications and treatments:
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.