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February 06, 2009


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Lovelyn @ Massage Therapy Benefits

Thanks for the great information. Many people don't realize that more than just the hand and wrist are involved in the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. The entire pathway of the median nerve must be checked from the point of origin in the neck down all the way down the arm.

wayne dodson

i am 46 yrs old, had corpral tunnel in my left arm
15 yrs ago, no proplems since. now i have it in my right arm all the way up the shoulder down to my finger tips sharp pain and dull pain along with numbness. im a chef and have no health insurance or bank money, is there a soulition to this with out surgery. thank you wayne


Hi Wayne, Thank you for writing.

I'm guessing that you are right-handed. My next guess is that the muscles in the front of your right chest are tight. If you press into your chest muscles, especially toward your shoulder, are they tender? If yes, that means they are tight.

Tight muscles can press on blood vessels and nerves that run from your neck to your arm.

The good news is that muscles can be treated and you can even do it yourself.

I'm thinking that this may have started with the muscles in your upper chest and upper arm and (because everything in your body is attached) now the muscles in your upper back and below your armpit in back and on your shoulder blade are involved.

Something you can start to do right now is go to the Category on the right hand side for Videos. There are self-help videos that will help you loosen your tight muscles and strengthen your back.

Wayne, if you can tell me exactly which side of your arm hurts and which fingers and whether it's on the palm side or back side of your hand I will be able to give you more specific instructions about which muscles. The more clues you give me, the better job I can do to help you get rid of this pain in your arm naturally.

The Pain Relief Coach

wayne dodson

kathryn, thanks for writing back, its more on the palm side of my hand but my whole arm hurts from my neck down, especially my shoulder blade. and all my fingers are semi numb. you should also know i have ddd in my back, 6 pins between L4-L5, a total right hip replacement and a total right femer bone replacement. im in constant pain but have been dealing with this for 15 yrs. ive learned to work through the pain but was also in a wheelchair for 2 yrs. when i was 30. anyhow my future as a chef depends on my health thanks wayne


Hi Wayne, Thank you for the additional info. Here's where to look. By look I mean explore with your other hand--or ask someone to do this--and press in. Press into the muscles (it's all muscle except for bones but sometimes the muscles are so hard and tight that they feel like bones.)

Press in slowly and do some nice rubbing first to help the muscle start to soften and relax so you can press deeper.

Here are the areas of muscle I suspect. These are good places to start:

1. Go up under your collar bone.
2. Check out your ribs on your side.
3. The muscles on the back side and outer side of your shoulder blade.
4. Your upper chest and your chest near your arm.

If you discover areas of tightness/tenderness those will probably be very good places to do more pressing. Hold the pressure in an area for about 10-12 seconds. You may feel it become less tender. That means the muscle is relaxing. :-)

I'm betting you WILL find those areas to be tender.

And go to the Video category. Start with the videos that are most easy for you. Gentle movement will help your body heal. It gets the circulation going.

Lift that arm up and back--again, slowly and gently. Start stretching those muscles and be thoughtful. FEEL what's happening where as you stretch.

Maybe your back and hip surgeries are throwing your posture off. If those surgeries happened 'for no reason' (rather than accident or injury) then I would also suspect you have a short leg and that can certainly throw your posture off, too, and cause upper back issues.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions and how you start to feel.

Thank you,

The Pain Relief Coach

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