A Common Condition
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects pianists, drummers, bass players, guitarists, violinists, cellists, typists, construction workers and others whose hands and forearms are subject to repetitive movements and jarring vibrations. The condition can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and hypothyroidism.
Cause and Effect
The median forearm nerve and tendons run from the elbow to the hand, passing through a small space called the Carpal Tunnel. When this area becomes swollen or inflamed, pressure is placed around the median nerve. This affects the hand and it’s functionality by causing numbness and diminished range of motion in the first three fingers as well as the thumb. Left untreated, this condition can result in loss of hand use due to permanent nerve damage.
Many practitioners of Western Medicine treat Carpal Tunnel with surgery, by opening the area to “relieve” some of the pressure. Aside from being costly, surgery carries a significant risk of infection while making zero guarantees on positive results.
A Non-invasive Solution
Thankfully, deep tissue therapy presents a non-invasive alternative. This approach treats the soft tissue in and around the area known as the fascia. When inflammation and swelling occur, this mesh-like layer of subcutaneous connective tissue can become “glued” to tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones — exacerbating the stiffness inherent to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Working the “kinks” out of the fascia allows the forearm tendons, carpal and metacarpal bones to move and articulate individually while enhancing circulation, which in turn relieves inflammation and swelling.
Brian Ray’s highly effective techniques of manipulating fascia offer relief and healing for people who are dealing with the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — especially those who are opposed to the surgical “solution.”