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Carpal Tunnel Massage
Do you have carpal tunnel symptoms? If so, massaging the wrist and forearm can easily eliminate the numbness and tingling. Moreover, you don’t need surgery! The type of massage required is “myofascial release”. In fact, when performed properly, this carpal tunnel massage eliminates symptoms with nearly 100% success. Also, if you think you’re getting carpal tunnel, it’s an excellent preventive measure to stop the advancement of this serious condition.
Key facts about carpal tunnel syndrome
Understanding the process of getting carpal tunnel illustrates why carpal tunnel massage is so successful. First, the main thing to know about carpal tunnel is that it’s a problem with your forearm tendons. Overworked tendons form adhesions between themselves and surrounding tissues. The adhesions cause tendon irritation and inflammation. As a result, swelling occurs deep inside the wrist joint. Actually, swelling is fluid build-up. Thus, as more and more fluid builds up, pressure increases.
Unfortunately, the median nerve (which controls hand and finger sensation) is right there, in the thick of it. Therefore, fluid slowly builds up and pressure increases, which crushes the nerve. As a result, you feel pain, numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers.
In conclusion, the reason you feel these symptoms is because adhesions irritate tendons. That makes them swell and subsequently crush the median nerve.
Most important points about a carpal tunnel massage
Breaking up the adhesions eliminates the irritation on tendons. Then they are able to glide smoothly again. Thus, a carpal tunnel massage using myofascial release involves “kneading” the tissues of your forearm. Two thumbs are used to break up or “release” adhesions between the muscles (“myo”), tendons, and their surrounding connective tissue (“fascia”). Hence, “Myo-Fascial Release”.
Properly applied carpal tunnel massage with myofascial release is effective because it also drains fluid build-up inside the wrist joint. Thus, when fluid drains out, it releases pressure on the nerve. Usually, your nerve is then able to recover quickly.
There are several key points to note when you perform this carpal tunnel massage.
- First, insure the carpal tunnel massage is properly applied. Many people make the mistake of trying to massage themselves. Doing so is simply not effective. In fact, the motions required make it impossible to do it alone. You need the two hands of a partner or a therapist. In fact, professional physical or massage therapists know how to do this. Alternatively, you can use the Carpal Rx which is calibrated to perform myofascial release massage automatically.
- Second, establish a regimen. You must get a carpal tunnel massage daily and for at least 3-4 weeks. For example, carve out time (preferably morning and night) to get a 15 minute treatment from a partner, therapist, or the Carpal Rx.
- Finally, be patient. A proper carpal tunnel massage is not an overnight cure. Therefore, faithfully follow your daily regimen for several weeks to see good results. It took years (literally) for you to acquire carpal tunnel syndrome. Hence, nothing will cure the symptoms overnight.
The “Do Not’s” of carpal tunnel massage
- Do not perform a carpal tunnel massage with myofascial release by yourself. It just won’t work because you need two thumbs to knead the skin and underlying tissues.
- Try not to skip carpal tunnel massage sessions. Consistency and persistence is the key. Otherwise, you’re just throwing money away.
- Finally, never use a vibration massager to treat carpal tunnel. Indeed, vibrating tool users are almost 10 times more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome than other people. In fact, vibrating tools cause vibration syndrome. This is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Therefore, don’t invite more carpal tunnel pain or numbness with a vibrating device.
How a therapist’s performs a carpal tunnel massage
A therapist performs a carpal tunnel massage primarily with their thumbs. They make deep, circular patterns on your wrist and forearm. Moreover, the therapist’s thumbs never stay in one spot. Instead, they move slightly up and down the lower wrist and forearm area. In fact, they cover an area of approximately 4-5 square inches.
As they go, the massaging thumbs “knead” the skin and deeper tissues. Also, they use as much massage pressure as you can bear without it being too painful. Generally, the massage takes about 15 minutes.
The massaging thumbs mostly work the base of your wrist where nerve compression is most severe. Furthermore, the massaging motion concentrates on moving across the wrist, as well as forward and backward.
The massaging thumbs make semi-circular strokes over your wrist and forearm. They move in opposing directions. Indeed, they repeat the pattern over and over to break up the adhesions. Also, it will drain fluid from inside the wrist joint. Finally, almost any massaging motion improves blood flow. This is vital to helping the nerve heal.
To summarize, every therapist will say that carpal tunnel massage using myofascial release works every time. It eliminates carpal tunnel syndrome so pain and numbness disappear for good. But they also caution that for this technique to work, you must have it every day. Moreover, you must have it several weeks. Thus, you must devote yourself to such a regimen, or else you’re wasting time and money.
A carpal tunnel massage will incorporate the myofascial release technique. When properly performed, the kneading motion breaks up tendon adhesions that cause swelling and pressure on the median nerve. In time, fluid drains out of the wrist joint and symptoms disappear. However, you need this massage twice daily for at least 3-4 weeks to see symptoms disappear completely.
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.