CTS has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight.
True carpal tunnel syndrome, by definition, only causes symptoms in the first 3 fingers (thumb, index, and middle), but many people experience symptoms in the palm and even at the wrist. The syndrome is commonly caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist, but similar symptoms can occur from pressure on the median nerve at different locations in the arm (also known as Double Crush). Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.
There are a number of different ways to treat this condition, but before you consider surgery, let us apply our myriad of techniques to alleviate the problem. In most cases, reducing tension in the wrist using myofascial release techniques to the hand and forearm and neck is an extremely effective solution. A postural misalignment of the neck can also cause this condition (See Double Crush Syndrome).
These treatments, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS.