Carpal tunnel, more commonly known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful disorder of the hands or arms characterised by a feeling of numbness, tingling, pain, and other symptoms. It is often caused by the pinching or progressive compression of a nerve (the median nerve) which runs from the forearms down into the palm of hands. It is estimated that this condition affects about 2.7% of the general population of Australia and is more prevalent in women than men. The symptoms associated with CTS may subside on their own after a few months; however, if these symptoms get worse with the passage of time, myotherapy for carpal tunnel is an excellent non-invasive treatment option.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – Causes & Risk Factors
Any conditions (medical or physical) that contribute to putting pressure on your median nerve can eventually result in the development of CTS. In many cases, there is no single cause of CTS; it may be a result of a combination of multiple risk factors. Although these risk factors may not be linked directly with the development of this condition, they may increase your chances of aggravating the median nerve. Let’s have a look at some of the risk factors associated with CTS:
- heredity – up to 50% of CTS cases can be heredity
- anatomy – the shape, size, and structure of your hands, fingers, and wrist
- sex – more common in women
- injuries/accidents – over-use injuries, swelling, bone fracture, inflammation
- diseases – diabetes, arthritis,
- disorder of glands – thyroid or pituitary glands
- kidney failure
Certain jobs such as assembly line worker, musician, hair stylist, knitters, cashiers and office workers that involve repeating the same hand or wrist motion over a prolonged period of time may increase your chances of developing CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – Symptoms
The symptoms associated with CTS usually come on slowly and get progressively worse with the passage of time. CTS symptoms may include:
- burning pain – felt usually at night
- tingling sensation
- weakness of the hand muscles
- radiated pain into the arm and shoulders
If you experience any of the above symptoms it is important to seek treatment asap, the earlier you address the issues with manual therapies the greater your chance of recovery without medical intervention. Neglecting these symptoms and delaying proper treatment may result in progressive loss of strength in hands and wrist and more symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – Treatment Options
Under normal conditions, practitioners usually start with conservative strategies for the treatment of CTS; these may include wearing wrist braces or splints, using ice, taking rest, and using some common OTC painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
Myotherapy for Carpal Tunnel
For people looking for an effective, non-invasive, treatment, myotherapy for carpal tunnel is a great option. Myotherapist use a number of massage techniques to address the symptoms associated with CTS, some of the common massage techniques used by Myotherapists are:
- trigger point therapy
- dry needling
- deep tissue massage
- stretching exercises
Regular Myotherapy sessions accompanied with some regular stretching exercises and some lifestyle changes can relieve the symptoms associated with CTS to a great extent and minimise the chances of reoccurrence.
Surgery for Carpal Tunnel
Surgery is usually the last option for people and should be considered only when all the other treatment options fail to produce any results.