|Hi, this is Hilma Volk,
about who I am, how I developed this course and what it means to you.
Well, I do have a college education and it was very strong in the
biologies, however, things happen and I found myself eventually working
different jobs and working with horses at a guest ranch in Montana,
which was really great, but it was a seasonal job and I figured I
couldn't physically work with horses forever.
It's 1990, I'm 40 years old, and I always liked giving massages and
getting them, so I decide to go to massage school. Well, here I am
first day of massage school, taking all these classes. I'm in my
practical course, the one where you actually do the massages, and the
instructor says that carpal tunnel is a big hazard for massage
therapists. I'm thinking, "great, of course I don't know what carpal
One of the gals in the class
tunnel, she was probably in her early thirties, she was a bus driver
and later on she explained it to me. She had had surgery on both hands.
I don't know what occupation she was before bus driver, I never thought
to ask. I'm thinking, "why in the world do you want to be a massage
therapist? You've had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands." That
instructor showed us a bunch of different stretches to keep our own
body in shape.
One day our hands-on class had been cancelled and I hadn't heard about
it, so I showed up. Me and one other person were there, so we decided
to practice on each other. Well, this gal came in who we'd never seen
before and she was confused because there was supposed to be a massage
class there. She wasn't in our class, and what she wanted was, she
wanted to do a trade, she had a massage table that she would trade for
So I agreed. It turned out that
been a massage therapist in California, and as she put it, she had to
quit because she blew out
her wrists. Well, here I am
trying to create a new career, and this obviously got
my attention. By the way,
it was a handmade folding massage table which was very heavy, but it
was my first massage table.
In the various classes as I took them, the study of anatomy, and the
study of muscles and all that, I'd hear carpal
tunnel, carpal tunnel,
carpal tunnel. I was pretty anal when it came to studying, meaning I
learned everything I could that was in all the different textbooks that
we had about carpal tunnel, primarily for my own use, so I wouldn't get
So once I'm out in the real world, one of my first clients I'm working
on, says he's thinking he's getting carpal tunnel. So I tested him with
the test that I knew about, and
I said you don't have carpal tunnel.
He didn't say anything, and I didn't say anything more, because
we both knew he had a problem, but I didn't know what it was.
Fast forward, years later I'm working at a resort, I'm very busy, and I
start developing some problems with my own hands, and sometimes I'd
have the symptoms of carpal tunnel, and sometimes I didn't. They were
just different symptoms. I found that the stretches
in massage school weren't
helping really very much.
About the only thing that was helping was ice.
So I'm reading different books and different articles, and they're very
informative and explain a lot, but not
really very helpful, except
for describing how to work more ergonomically. I turned to the
internet, which wasn't nearly as huge as it is now and found one
article that changed everything.
It was from a very unlikely
source. It seemed that
these guys on a rowing team were developing numb hands, and they
developed this technique to treat themselves using their thumbs.
Well, here I am a massage
I use my thumbs way too much to begin with, so I modified
their technique in a way
that doesn't have to use my hands, since my hands were already being
overused. Not only that, I expanded it using my technique to treat the
hands, the wrist and the forearm. Most of my problem was actually
coming from my forearms. It worked beautifully and I totally stopped
using the ice.
But then I had another
problem, see at the resort,
we'd do reflexology once in a while, and I really didn't like doing it
because my hands would go to sleep. Now with reflexology you work on
the feet. I'm sitting low, working my hands about shoulder
height and my fingers
would always go to sleep,
very quickly actually.
So most of the time I'm doing
twenty minute, or a fifty minute treatment, most of the entire session
my fingers are numb. And when it was all done, and I'd put my hands
down, I'd have no more numbness. I could work with my hands down doing
massage the whole day, but within a few minutes of doing reflexology my
fingers would be numb. I was still able to work them, I still had full
motion in my fingers, I just, they were numb.
So I worked on my forearms more, I did more and more of my
self-treatment on the forearms, but it didn't
make any difference. Not
only that, I was finding that when I was using my computer, I started
to get numb hands, when I was driving I'd start to get numb hands, and
when I rode a bicycle I was getting numb hands.
Then I took a continuing
course and the instructor was showing how to massage the pectoralis
minor muscle and just in passing, as kind of an aside, he mentioned
that if the pectoralis
minor muscle is tight, it
sometimes gives a false
Aha. So I worked out a
technique where I
could work on my own pectoralis minor muscle, and
like magic, just a few
treatments in one day, each treatment about a minute at a time at the
most, and wow, problem solved. I continued to work on them over the
next few days, but no more than 5 minutes total. Maybe once a month
I'll work on them a little bit just to keep them nice and loose, but
they're not bothering me.
Funny thing is, I went and looked back at my textbooks
and I looked back at the books I had gotten on carpal tunnel, and not
one of them, not one mentioned that the pectoralis minor muscle could
do that. As I
the techniques I developed were just for me to work on myself for my
own problems, and to allow
myself to continue to do massages. I would show the techniques to
clients when they were having problems, but I really couldn't do much
of that when I worked at the resort because it was fifty minute
massages, boom, boom, one after another.
And the most
frustrating thing for me
was when I'd
hear somebody say,
"yeah, my hands are going numb, but
I'll just wait til it gets so bad that I have to have the surgery."
want to scream at them, "NO! You can reverse this, it's not like having
your appendix out and then you're fine and then you never have to worry
about it again, no. Recovery
time can take weeks or months, the surgery
doesn't always work out well,
but the main thing is if
you keep doing things the way you have been, without changing anything,
it's going to come back.
Statistically it's going to come back
years, 4 years, 6 years. You can stop this."
But sadly, I didn't say
that I'm in private practice, I can take the time.
It's funny, I'll ask people, "how are you feeling?" They'll say, "oh,
I've got a kink in my neck," or "oh, my low back is hurting." I'll ask
them, "do you have any numbness in your hands?" and they go, "well,
yeah" and the reason they don't tell me is they don't think I can do
anything about it.
You see, I've
learned more and more over
the years and it's just fascinating to me how
many different places can cause the similar symptoms
in the body. When
a person says they have numb hands, it's a challenge for me, a
delightful challenge to figure out where it's coming from, and just in
one session they're going, "wow, I can feel now, it's better than it's
been in a long time."
seldom do people feel pain in the areas that are causing the problem
until I push on them. These areas can be rather painful to have
massaged. I tell my clients, "if I work on this for very long, you'll
hate me." I prefer to
teach people what they can do for themselves,
so they can work on themselves a few
minutes at a time, every day
the problem clears up and they can just work on it once in a while to
keep the problem at bay. That's
why I developed
There's so much misinformation out there and not so much misinformation
as just lack of
So if you're having problems
due to your
occupation or hobby, whether you're a plumber or a hair dresser or a
grocery bagger or a dog groomer or whatever, of course computer users
which are the big ones, do yourself a favor and don't wait any longer. If
you wait it will just get worse.
for less than
the price of a doctor visit, less than the price
of most massage visits, certainly less than the price of a physical
therapy visit, and this is something you can use on and on and on and
there is a 60-day money back guarantee. Take
a look at the
video, then decide if this is for you. Thanks.
Licensed Massage Therapist from 1991 - 2015
Retired from Massage Practice 2015
Carpal Tunnel Master has been Online since the beginning of 2010.
Idaho License MASG-753
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