Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can benefit a LOT from therapeutic massage. There are many types of massage and some will help relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more than others. Here's some background on massage:
- Massage is old and powerful medicine.
- Massage is all-natural and has no side effects (although you might have some tenderness following the first session or two).
- Massage costs much less than surgery and many drugs.
- It works well and can make a big difference in pain and dysfunction.
- Almost anyone can give massage with just a little training.
- Little is known about it by doctors who have gone to medical schools which promote the use of medicines and surgery rather than natural therapies like hands-on massage. (That would be most medical schools.)
Massage helps your muscles get back into their original condition, supple and movable, as they are supposed to be. It relieves the tension in muscles from overuse. It helps weakened muscles regain tone. It also boosts your immune system and this has been documented with honest-to-goodness medical research. Someone with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome almost always benefits from
massage by the hands of a skilled therapist!
Types of massage you might find when you're looking for carpal tunnel pain relief.
1. Energetic massage (energy work) which touches very lightly if at all. Also called "near touch."
2. Relaxation or stress-reduction massage. Pressure may be very light or medium; depends on the training and skill level of the therapist. Usually a general, all-over massage.
3. "Deep tissue" massage. Depending on the practitioner, this is deeper pressure into the muscles and soft tissue. Depending on his or her skill level, they may or may not work in the areas that you need treated to relieve your carpal tunnel symptoms.
4. Sports massage looks to the muscles that an athlete uses in his or her sport.
5. Hellerwork or Rolfing are systems that seek to correct muscle imbalances through pressure and massage.
6. Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is a specialty devoted to correcting muscular imbalances and dysfunctions. There are different forms; all may be more effective at pain relief than most other types of massage.
7. Trigger point massage looks to symptoms to determine which trigger points to treat. Many therapists and doctors do not fully understand trigger points; they think that any tender area is a trigger point. This isn't true.
8. Pressure point massage seeks to release tight muscles through deep pressure into tight areas.
9. Swedish massage may be relaxing or deeper and therapeutic, depending on the therapist.
There are massage therapists who have taken lots of advanced training and who use more than one technique. And, as in every other field, some are excellent, some are good and some are so-so.
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