A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cure
Carpal Tunnel Secrets Unleased Review
Looking for a carpal tunnel syndrome cure? Have you been searching for a carpal tunnel relief? I understand how you feel.
Towards the beginning of my massage career, I developed carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). I was living what I refer to as a hand-intensive life at the time. I was doing massages during the day and spending my evenings typing on the computer. I didn't know how to take care of my hands. Strain and overuse got the best of me quickly.
I had difficulty gripping. The tingling in my fingers would often wake me up at night. I was scared and didn't know what to do.
Instead of giving up and quitting massage, I decided to educate myself. I talked to other massage therapists to find a carpal tunnel syndrome cure that could work for me. I did research on the web and started experimenting with self-massage, hand exercises and stretches.
Before long, I noticed that my hands were getting better. I did the stretching exercises between massages and I massaged my forearms and hands at night. It really worked.
Not too long after I found my carpal tunnel syndrome cure, I heard that someone I knew had gotten carpal tunnel release surgery. I had no idea that she was even having problems with her hands. I felt badly about it because I felt like I could've helped her if I'd known she was having problems.
The first step to finding a carpal tunnel syndrome cure is understanding the symptoms. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) comes on slowly. You may not even notice it at all at first. Then you'll start to feel the discomfort. For me, it started with just the slightest tingling in my fingers that increased with time until my hands had the feeling of having the juice from a spicy chili pepper rubbed into them all the time. This is not an uncommon way for CTS to start.
It starts with numbness or tingling in your hands and wrists that steadily increases. In your hands, the numbness and tingling usually extends to your thumb, index, and middle fingers. It may also affect the half of your ring finger that is on the thumb side, leaving the outer half of your ring finger and your little finger unaffected. That's because the nerve that causes CTS gives sensation to those three fingers.
Because most people sleep with their wrists bent they tend to notice the tingling even more when they sleep. It may even wake you up at night. Another sleep position that may trigger increased night time symptoms is sleeping with your arm up over your head. I'll explain why bent wrists and having your arm overhead my increase your symptoms later.
The numbness and tingling can even move up your arm to your forearm. Eventually, it can lead to stiffness in the wrist, loss of grip strength, and atrophy of the meaty thumb muscles (thenar muscles).
Who Gets CTS
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who use their hands and wrists to perform repetitive motions. It is most commonly associated with office workers. People who work on the computer for hours everyday are at risk, but it's also commonly found in people in other professions. Hairdressers, machinists, musicians, and massage therapists are also vulnerable to this syndrome. It also occurs in women during pregnancy.
Besides the muscles impingement and the muscle imbalances that cause CTS, you can also get this syndrome as a result of diabetes. It can also occur because of rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, a bulging disc in the neck, bone spurs in the neck, lupus, or even tumors. The techniques mentioned in this book will be affective if you have CTS for one of these reasons. Continued increasing problems with your hands and wrists should prompt you to see a medical professional. Only a professional can give you a proper diagnosis.
What on earth is going on here?
Basically, the tingly, spicy, numb sensations you experience with CTS are a result of the median nerve being pinched or trapped. When a nerve is pinch or trapped we call it nerve impingement. Let's take a look at the anatomy of the hand, arm, neck and shoulder. Don't worry, I'm going keep this simple, but I do have to add some technical stuff. Let's start with the hand.
The median nerve and the transvers carpal ligament are the two of the main factors involved in CTS.
The transverse carpal ligament is a sheath of tissue that runs across the base of the palm. This fibrous band of tissue forms the top of the carpal tunnel. The sides and bottom of the tunnel are formed by the bones of the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a pretty small area. The size of the person will determine the size of the carpal tunnel. Women get CTS more often than men because their carpal tunnels are smaller.
The nerve involved in carpal tunnel syndrome is the median nerve. In the hand, the median nerve serves the thumb, pointer, middle, and ring fingers.
The median nerve isn't the only thing that passes through the carpal tunnel. It shares this small space with the tendons that move the fingers. Tendons are the thick, fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. These cords are covered in membranes called sheaths. Tendon sheaths contain a lubricant that allows tendons to glide smoothly while moving. When overworked this lubricant can dry out and stiffen causing the tendons to become irritated and inflamed. This causes the area to become painful and swollen. This condition is known as tendinitis(tendonitis). The irritated, inflamed tendons can press on the median nerve causing the tingling and numbness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have wrist pain with no numbness and tingling, it could simply be wrist tendinitis(tendonitis) rather than carpal tunnel syndrome, so a carpal tunnel syndrome cure isn't really what you're looking for. You need a tendinitis cure. Tendinitis is commonly treated with rest, but the techniques discussed in this book may also be of help to you. Applying ice will also help bring down swelling.
When treating CTS most people only treat the wrist area. The median nerve starts in the neck and runs down the entire length of the arm. It can also get impinged in the muscles in the shoulder, upper arm and forearm. It's important to remember that many of the muscles and nerves in the body are connected. A true carpal tunnel syndrome cure will address all the areas where the median nerve can become entrapped. Looking at the entire area and treating the body as a whole provides better results. Every part of the body is connected and dysfunction can cause pain in a completely different area.
The median nerve branches off from a bundle of nerves in the shoulder, called the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus originates in the neck area (the last three cervical vertebrae and the first thoracic vertebra). Sometimes the nerves get impinged in this area causing your symptoms. Nerves can get impinged coming directly from the vertebrae by a bulging or slipped disc in the neck. They can also get trapped or pinched by bony growths known as bone spurs in the region. Tumors in the area could also compress the nerve. Often times if this is the root cause of your problem you'll experience numbness and tingling down the entire length of the arm, but that isn't necessarily always the case. To determine if your nerve is getting impinged around the vertebrae in the neck try bending your neck sideways bringing your ear to the same shoulder. Hold this position for a few seconds and notice how your hands feel. If there is any change in your symptoms your problem could be in your neck.
The median nerve branches off from this bundle of nerves and beneath the clavicle and down the arm. In this area there are a group of muscles called scalenes. Scalenes are thin muscles that attach from the second to seventh vertebrae in your neck to your first two ribs. When your scalenes get tight they can press down on your median nerve causing numbness and tingling in your fingers.
Another muscle that can commonly impinge your median nerve is your pectoralis minor muscle. This muscle is located beneath your pectoralis major (the large muscle in your chest). This muscle attaches from your scapula to your third, fourth and fifth rib. If you numbness and tingling gets worse when you hold your hands up over your head your problem could be caused by pectoralis minor.
The median nerve runs down the middle of the front of the arm. Toward the top of the arm, it passes between the bicep brachii and the brachialis.
Another common site of impingement for the median nerve occurs in the forearm, where it runs between the two heads of the pronator teres. This muscle is used to pronate your forearms and hands. That just means it's used to turn your hands with the palms facing downward, like when your typing for example. This muscles is often very tight and when it is it presses on the median nerve.
Tension in any of these muscles can entrap the nerve causing tingling and numbness.
To put it simply, there are a lot of places where tight muscles can entrap the median nerve. It is not uncommon for the median nerve to be entrapped in several places down the length of the arm before even getting to the carpal tunnel where even more entrapment may occur.
The problem of nerve entrapment is complicated by fascia. Fascia is a web-like tissue that encases everything in your body. It wraps around muscles, organs, bones and nerves. It adds to the structural integrity of these elements of your body. It also acts as a shock absorber. When I first learned about fascia in massage school, my instructor told me to think of fascia like the sections in a grapefruit. Each little triangular section is separated by that tough skin-like stuff and it all connects in the middle. I don't know what it's called in a grapefruit.
While fascia helps the structural integrity of our muscles and organs, it can also become bound up and tight, just like muscles. Due to its interconnected web like structure, if one area of fascia gets bound up or pulled, its effects can be felt across the whole body. It can pull on muscles, nerves and organs and can cause pain and discomfort.
All of these things contribute to symptoms of CTS and must be addressed when looking for a carpal tunnel syndrome cure. Can you see why you can't just focus on the wrist to treat CTS now? Muscles and fascia in the neck, shoulder and arm also contribute. The problem is that when most people treat CTS the wrist is the only place they are looking for the cause. There are so many other places where the nerve impingement can be occurring though. That's why often times just treating the carpal tunnel region won't get results.
A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cure
Even though I no longer practice massage, I am still very vocal when I find out someone has CTS. I want people to know they have alternatives. If you take care of your hands they can heal. That's why I created A Self Care Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In it I share exact techniques I used to cure my CTS. It contains infromation about stretches and exercises you can use along with lifestyle changes and supplements that will help you recover.
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