Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and the Many Kinks in the Water Hose!

The Carpal Tunnel, where the median nerve passes through along with the tendons of the flexors muscles of the forearm. 

When I first got into doing massage a lady came to me with a brace on her wrist. She had just gotten back from a surgeon and was scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery. I asked her if she had 10 min to spare and if I could work on her wrist. After working on her for 10 mins her wrist pain and numbness was just about gone. She was so excited that she could not believe that her hand felt better. After that 10 min session she decide to cancel her surgery and scheduled more appointments to have us help her with her wrist which got better in 3 sessions, and there was no pain or numbness in her hand. 

The cervical plexus travels between the scalenes, between the first rib and clavicle, under pectoralis minor and finally into the arm. This area provides lots of opportunities for entrapment of the nerve and could cause symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and even thoracic outlet syndrome. 

The cervical plexus travels between the scalenes, between the first rib and clavicle, under pectoralis minor and finally into the arm. This area provides lots of opportunities for entrapment of the nerve and could cause symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and even thoracic outlet syndrome. 

When an individual comes in with carpal tunnel syndrome we always look for the cause of the symptoms. Inflammation of the tendons going through the carpal tunnel and the median nerve being compressed is just the symptom. Addressing the symptom is like taking a pill and hoping the numbness will go away. 

The flexor digitorum superficialis and the pronator teres can both entrap the median nerve and cause carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. 

When we address carpal tunnel syndrome we take a whole body approach to addressing pain. The nerve that supplies your hand comes from your neck (cervical spine) it travels out of the neck and through the shoulder underneath your collarbone (clavicle) down the upper arm, into the forearm and through the carpal tunnel and finally into the hand and fingers. There are lots of opportunities for the this nerve to get entrapped or pinched! You could have a nerve impingement in the neck that is causing carpal tunnel symptoms. 

True carpal tunnel happens when the muscle in the forearm, specifically the flexors of the hand, become so overworked and used that the tendons start to either thicken or become adhesed to each other. When this happens inflammation sets in and the median nerve becomes entrapped which will cause numbness in the hand. By simply working the muscles that are impinging the nerve, followed up with specific stretches and corrective exercises the carpal tunnel that is being experienced will go away. 

Hope you enjoy the video on the explanation of carpal tunnel syndrome.