Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Massage Therapy
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition usually caused by the wrist's compression of the median nerve. The major contributing factor is computer work.
Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand, arm, and shoulder. There are a few steps that you can take to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
1. Take frequent breaks: If you work at a computer or do repetitive tasks with your hands, take frequent breaks to help reduce the stress on your wrists. Try to take a break at least every hour, and take time to stretch your arms, hands, and wrists. Taking breaks will also help prevent shoulder knots and stiffness.
2. Use ergonomic tools: Using ergonomic tools and equipment can reduce the strain on your wrists and hands. This includes using an ergonomic mouse, keyboard, and wrist rest.
3. Modify your workspace: Make sure your workspace is appropriately set up to reduce the strain on your wrists. Arrange the position of your keyboard and mouse at the correct distance and height
4. Strengthen your wrists: Doing exercises to strengthen your wrists can help reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some exercises you can do include wrist curls, wrist extensions, and finger stretches.
5. Wear a splint: Wearing a splint at night can help reduce the pressure on your median nerve and the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Following these steps can help reduce your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you experience any symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, be sure to speak to your doctor.
If you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, discuss it with your massage therapist before treatment. Deep Tissue and Sports massage can help by lengthening the muscles that have been overused and taking out the tension.