Have you been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Nearly all doctors will say there is no remedy for carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors generally go after the symptoms, but seldom the cause of the problem.
Here is what you need to know. The true reason you have carpal tunnel syndrome is muscle imbalance in your forearms. This is where nearly all doctors don’t “get it”.
What do I mean? The forearm muscles move the wrist and fingers. When you open and close your hand, that motion is actually being done by the forearm muscles.
Nearly all of the muscles that are used in typing, using a mouse, playing most musical instruments, etc., are forearm muscles. When you use weights with your hand closed, you are gripping using the forearm muscles. This is the case no matter what muscle group you are trying to strengthen.
In order to cure carpal tunnel syndrome, here is some basic information:
On the palm side of the forearm are muscles known as frexors. Flexor muscles are what close the fingers and wrist. On the back side of the forearm, the extensor muscles do the opposite and draw the wrist and fingers backward.
When you use your hands for almost anything the flexors are doing much more work than the extensors. The extensor muscles become weaker than the flexors because they do not have to push anything.
The flexor muscles get shorter and thicker. The tendons of the flexor muscles also become thicker and shorter. It is tendons that attach muscle to bone.
The tendons that attach the forearms to the fingers are long and skinny. There are nine flexor tendons that go through the carpal tunnel..
The tightened flexor muscles pull the wrist forward because they are now shorter. This decreases the size of the carpal tunnel. And because they are now thicker, the tendons also occupy more space in the carpal tunnel.
This creates further inflammation and irritation. This increasingly puts pressure on the median nerve
Night splints can help because they maintain the hand in a neutral position when you sleep. Therefore they hold the carpal tunnel open. But they don’t cure carpal tunnel syndrome.
Try this demonstration. Hold your hands in a neutral position. By that I mean that the back of your hand lined up straight with the back of the forearm. Keep your hands in the neutral position and bring them down to your sides. Now forget about your hands for a at least a minute.
See if your hands are still in the neutral position. If your muscles are in balance they would hold your hand in a neutral position without any effort on your part.
So the solution is to loosen up the flexor muscles. The majority of physical therapists attempt to do this by various stretches. Although stretches can work, the results may be slow in coming. Some will quit if they don’t get quick enough relief.
When I was getting my own hand trouble, doing stretches didn’t work for me.
What did work were targeted self-massage techniques. This is where you can find your own treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.
These effective and specific self-help methods do not require use of your hands. Nor do they require any gizmos. Going to a massage therapist won’t ususlly help very much. You can work more effectively on yourself. You just have to know how. Working on your forearms and tendons 5 minutes at a time, a couple times a day will do you more good, and save you tons of money.
These work amazingly well because you directly loosen the tightness in the tendons and muscles, increase the blood supply to them, directly unstick muscle fibers that have stuck together, as well as unstick muscle cells that are in contraction.
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