Massage therapy has been shown to be effective in treating and preventing carpal tunnel syndrome. Improved circulation, reduced inflammation, removing metabolic residues, and soothing the irritated muscles and tendons all help in preventing and recovering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops when the muscles and tissue around the median nerve of the hand swell and create pressure on the nerve. Early on, the process is still reversible. Over time, the insulation on the nerves may wear away and permanent nerve damage may develop.
How common is this condition? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects between 3% and 6% of the US population and results in enormous costs related to loss of productivity and healthcare.
Massage helps treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Massage therapies, including deep tissue massage and myofascial release, can be used to stretch and release tension in the muscles and connective tissues of the wrist. However, for the individual to gain the most from the massage therapy, the therapist does not just concentrate on the wrist. An experienced massage therapist will also work the muscles of the forearm and upper arm to ensure that the entire region receives the benefits of massage.
Massage for carpal tunnel syndrome – relief or cure?
The extent to which massage therapy can relieve pain and reduce the need for medical intervention is reliant on a number of factors including the cause of the carpal tunnel syndrome and the length of time the individual has suffered from the problem. Caught early, and where the problem is purely from repetitive strain, relief can be felt after just one session.
The longer the inflammation goes untreated, the greater the risk that a long term issue will develop. While massage can be very effective early on, serious cases may require the combination of massage and traditional medical care, including the use of anti-inflammatory medication and discontinuing entirely the repetitive action that caused the issue to begin with.
Choosing the right massage therapist
If you are considering massage for carpal tunnel syndrome, it is essential that you choose a massage therapist or masseuse who has knowledge of the condition, as well as excellent general massage skills and experience. There are specific massage techniques used to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which your therapist should be familiar with. Discuss the problem in detail during your initial consultation . If you have any questions, be sure to ask your massage therapist for detailed answer.