These symptoms occur when the median nerve, which travels from the spine down to the hand, becomes pinched at some point along its pathway. Pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the shoulder and upper arm areas can be caused by risk factors such as leaning on elbows, cradling a phone in the crook of the neck or slouching.
Pinching can also occur in the wrist as the nerve passes through what is known as the carpal tunnel.
Connective tissue, including the tendons passing through the carpal tunnel with the median nerve, responds to risk factors by becoming inflamed and swollen,tightening around the nerve.
Pain, numbness, tingling and burning are symptoms of this pressure on the nerve. Continued impingement can cause permanent nerve damage.
However, because these symptoms in the hand can also appear when the median nerve is pinched at some other point on its journey, it is very important, when considering CTS prevention, that preventive action is focused not only on the hand and wrist.
Even though relief from symptoms is usually experienced after surgery, it is extremely important to stretch the connective tissue, in this case scar tissue, to prevent recurrence of injury. This is often where surgery follow-up fails.
When a bone is broken, it needs to be held together while it heals. Connective tissue is not bone.
It needs to move to recover and splinting prevents that. While temporary relief due to restricted movement may occur when a splint is used, there is no change at the level of the cause of the injury.
While the main focus area of CTS pain and discomfort is in the wrist and hand, the cause of injury may be anywhere along the pathway of the median nerve leading into the hand.
The only way to permanently eliminate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused by overuse is to consistently take corrective action.
Just as in any other situation in which overuse and habitual postures create the injury, preventive measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome must be done frequently.
Treat The Cause of CTS, Not Just The Symptoms
PRSI Break stretches the connective tissue head to toe.
Each stretch is designed to release tightness in the connective tissue.
Each stretch is demonstrated move by move to ensure the pacing required to return connective tissue fibers to fluidity and flexibility.
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