Achy Breaky Wrist: How Massage Can Help With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome is caused by undue pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Causing things such as numbness, soreness, weakness, tingling, and even pain, carpal tunnel syndrome can make everyday things such as picking up an item or typing be extremely difficult or impossible. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, there are many available options from Dr. George Philip Smith that will help to alleviate the pressure that is causing you so much pain and irritation. Specifically, Dr. George Philip Smith specializes in a surgery that is designed to alleviate the pressure on your carpal tunnel by cutting the carpal tunnel tendon in order to create more room for the carpal tunnel. However, rather than jumping from A to Z in regards to treatment solutions, there are other non-invasive ways that can help you to feel better such as massage. Read on to learn more.

How does it work?
Massage is a great tool used to help release pain and pressure all throughout your body. When you think of using massage as a technique to aid against the symptoms caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, you likely think of solely focusing your massage technique on and the tendons surrounding your wrist. However, you will get the best results by starting your massage at your shoulders, moving down your arms, and then slowly placing your focus on your wrist and the tendons surrounding it. When your body is suffering from any sort of pain or injury, you tend to place undue stress and pressure on other areas of your body— like your shoulders and arms— which can further exacerbate the problem.

When massaging yourself or when having someone else massage you, make sure to use a more gentle massage technique so that you don’t cause further pain or inflammation. And, start with a calming oil such as lavender oil to help relax the muscles and help your mind relax as well.

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you know just how debilitating it can be some days. However, by using massage as a method to help you feel better, you can hopefully find some relaxation. To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome or to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Philip Smith, contact our office today!

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