Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow are all common injuries of the hand/arm which develop with repetitive movements associated with work or sports. Slowly, over time the hand or arm becomes more sore and more stiff. As this occurs, there is often a critical period when the symptoms can no longer be ignored.
Repetitive use of muscles and tendons, such as with computer work, can result in low levels of inflammation and the gradual development of adhesions. Adhesions impinge upon nerves and tendons causing arm/hand discomfort or stiffness. Conditions such as carpal tunnel pain can be treated by freeing these adhesions.
Dermal-Fascial Restoration℠ (DFR℠) allows patients to avoid surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand/arm injuries and restore health to their tissues. DFR is critical to freeing the musculoskeletal system from adhesions, allowing tendons and nerves to glide freely.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Do you have numbness/tingling in the thumb, index, middle and (half of) the ring finger? Does pain in the hand and wrist keep you up at night? If so, chances are you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Work environments with repetitive tasks such as keyboarding and/or mouse work can invite carpal tunnel, but so can factory jobs or drivers who hold a steering wheel for long durations. Carpal tunnel results from compression on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist to the hand. The median nerve courses over the shoulder, down the arm and elbow and into the forearm where it finally ‘tunnels’ through the bones of the wrist, ending in the fingertips. Compression can occur at multiple sites along the nerve pathway and each site should be checked to determine whether compression is truly at the wrist (CTS) or elsewhere. Sometimes a nerve conduction test is needed to determine area(s) of compression causing symptoms to show up in the hand.
If you are experiencing symptoms of CTS, it is important to not put off treatment. Physical therapists at Mettler Therapy use DFR along the nerve pathway to clear adhesions. Manual therapy of these structures around the nerve can decrease, if not reverse, the compression of the medial nerve—alleviating symptoms and helping you prolong or potentially avoid surgery.
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