Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Be Prevented or Helped with Massage

Tips and Tricks of Massage Therapy
By: Reed McDow

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become more prevalent over recent decades, mostly due to electronics and repetitive movements. The syndrome itself results from pressure on the median nerve. The reason it is called carpal tunnel syndrome is because the carpal tunnel is the passageway surrounding ligaments and bones on the palm of the hand. When pressure is exerted on the median nerve, it can lead to symptoms of tingling, weakness, and numbness in both the arm and hand. Massage is an excellent tool for ameliorating the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

How Does Massage Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Massage can reduce inflammation and pain because it helps to lengthen and soften the muscles. It is particularly useful when focused on the neck fascia, upper arm, shoulder, forearm, elbow, hand, and wrist to reduce the pain and weakness associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It also provides a non-invasive and highly effective tool for patients when combined with other therapies and traditional medicines.

What Other Benefits Does Massage Provide?

Massage isn’t just a great tool to reduce the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A hand massage offers numerous psychological and physical benefits. A massage can help to reduce stress and increase relaxation, which can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also helps to increase energy levels, reduce tension, and improve concentration and focus. Massage of the hand also helps to relieve stiffness and pain, increase mobility and flexibility, and reduce swelling. 

What Other Conditions Can Benefit from Hand Massage?

Hand massage has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of health conditions. It helps with the symptoms of arthritis and stiffness by increasing circulation and blood flow. Hand massage can also loosen joints and reduce tension that is associated with chronic pain. A hand massage can also help reduce the adverse effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that leads to inflamed and painful joints. Massage helps to stimulate circulation and blood flow, and improve range of motion and flexibility. 

A Non-Invasive Substitute to Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

According to statistics, nearly 70% of all hand surgeries targeted to reduce the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be avoided with the use of massage. Not only can massage improve your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but regular preventative massage can help reduce the risk that you will develop it to begin with. When compared to surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, massage requires no downtime or recovery and it comes with no adverse side effects.

Recent statistics indicate that one in five adults in the US suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Although surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is available, as with any surgery, it should always be your last resort. Massage is not only an excellent, cost-effective, and non-invasive way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but there is evidence to show that it might help to reduce the risk of developing it in the first place. At Muscle Anthropology, we believe that regular massage is the best way to maintain your health and quality of life, not just for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but also for the many benefits that it provides. Contact us today to schedule your hand massage for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.