Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be an extremely debilitating condition, especially in the more advanced stages affecting the heel/palm of the hand, 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers and sometimes the thumb..
Symptoms of CTS include:
- Pins and needles.
- Loss of grip strength.
The severity of the symptoms and the areas affected will vary from person to person, and with the severity of the condition.
CTS is essentially a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), generally brought on by repetitive or sustained gripping movements of either the hand as a whole or fingers and thumb. Activities such as assembling small components, typing/ using a mouse, using cutting/crimping tools, and ironically, massaging, all have the potential to develop CTS symptoms.
The symptoms are generated by compression of the median nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, alongside the tendons of the muscles in the inner forearm. The tendons join these muscles to the bones in the hand, and are held in place by a band of connective tissue running over the Carpal Tunnel, which means there is only a limited amount of space for everything to function properly. The repetitive activities cause some or all of the muscles to become tight, which they are shortened compared to their normal length. This shortening of the muscles puts excess tension on the tendons passing through the Carpal Tunnel, which causes them to become inflamed (swelling). As mentioned earlier, space is very limited in this area and consequently the Median Nerve becomes compressed.
It is this nerve compression that generates symptoms listed above, and, the severity of the symptoms will usually be directly related to the degree of pressure on that nerve.
Why you should choose ACHESHIFTERS for your Carpal Tunnel treatment
Surgical intervention is the common go to treatment for CTS with varying degrees of success, and, a lengthy recovery period off work. However, CTS can be successfully treated in most cases without surgery at ACHESHIFTERS.
Non-surgical treatment offered at the ACHESHIFTERS addresses the root cause of CTS. Specialist treatment targets the offending over-tight muscles in order to relieve the tension on the tendons running through the Carpal Tunnel. With the tension relieved, the inflammation at the site can then be managed and reduced, decompressing the median nerve.
Symptoms should begin to subside soon after treatment begins. Most patients can expect a full recovery from CTS with non-surgical Remedial Massage treatment, the amount of treatment session needed to achieve this will depend on the severity of the presenting symptoms, the ability of the patient to moderate the activity aggravating the condition, and whether of not the patient adheres to the stretching advice given.
Advice is provided for ongoing patient management, which includes reviewing the activities that lead to CTS, and alternative ways to perform them. With the benefit of expert advice and periodic maintenance treatment, the patient can reasonably expect to remain free of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.