Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a narrowing and a compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is located on the palm side of your wrist. This condition affects individuals by causing pain, paresthesias, and sometimes weakness in the median nerve distribution. Those diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may experience pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the arm, which may extend to the shoulder and neck area; these feelings are more prevalent at night due to various sleeping positions. It can cause some muscle atrophy if left too long, pain and difficulty in picking up objects, or weakness in the hand. Often the problem isn’t in the wrist, but up closer to the elbow in a muscle called the pronator teres. That muscle can get really tight and press on the median nerve, creating similar symptoms to when the median nerve gets pinched in the carpal tunnel.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually caused by poor posture and a repetitive injury. It became a lot more common the more we used computers. Constant typing or mousing is a common way to get carpal tunnel syndrome, but it can be caused by any repetitive motion that you do with your hands. This sets up the cumulative injury cycle.
ART is a relatively new and highly successful approach for the treatment of injuries to muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues. ART has proven to be very effective for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, with a success rate exceeding 90%. ART restores unimpeded motion and function to all soft tissues associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
ART provides a means to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Typical symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. The goal of ART is to:
This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions in the soft tissues through the application of specific ART protocols.
I work the soft tissues and get more mobility back into the wrist and will advise on stretching and strengthening exercises. I also help you to be aware of the ergonomics of when you’re sitting at a computer and how often you’re taking breaks and the benefits of stretching and icing.