When too much pressure is put on the median nerve that runs through the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur. In fact, “more than eight million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome each year,” according to the Orthopedic Center of Arlington.
Recognizing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a passage in the wrist that contains the median nerve. This nerve runs through the arm and controls feeling and function in every finger except the pinky.
Pain and aching, tingling, and numbness in the hand and arm are the major symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. While the cause is still somewhat unknown, some medical conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may increase a person’s chance of developing CTS. Also, people with wrist injuries or those that perform repetitive hand or wrist motions are more at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome as well.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome typically involves wearing a brace on the hurt hand, taking non-inflammatory medications, or having surgery. However, if symptoms worsen or are left uncheck, permanent muscle damage and loss of function in the hand can happen.
Neuromuscular Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Neuromuscular therapy is a viable option for those who haven’t had luck with surgery and medication, or people wanting to avoid these options altogether.
A certified neuromuscular therapist administers the technique by applying precise pressure to muscle knots, called trigger points, within the wrist and the carpal region. NMT reduces tension on the median nerve and alleviates the tight, weak, and/or inflamed muscles responsible for the pain and discomfort experienced.
When a client at Myopress complained about pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, Ephraim assessed the client by palpating the forearm area looking for tightness along with tenderness which shows the presence of trigger points. Then NMT was utilized to eliminate those trigger points allowing the muscle tissue to stop firing and relax. This was followed up with stretching of the area as well. Over the course of 4 sessions, his client began to notice decreased pain and improved strength.
If you are experiencing ongoing pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand, CTS could be to blame. Talk to your doctor, and if you’re looking for a non-invasive way to treat these symptoms, NMT could help you regain function in your hand and restore mobility.
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Myopress Inc. is a licensed neuromuscular therapy clinic with over 15 years of experience, and offices in Houston and Cypress Texas. Owner Ephraim Colwell is eager to solve your pain problems using his expertise in the body’s neuromuscular system. Call, email, or come by to book an appointment! Rates start at $85/hr & all new clients receive $10 off their first session.