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showing in the video.
TUNNEL SYNDROME REMEDY
the real reason you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Volk: Hi, my name is Hilma Volk and I have been a massage therapist
since 1991. And I’m going to talk about the real reason you
carpal tunnel. And sometimes you think you have Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome but you may actually not have it at all.
reason you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is muscle imbalance. Now, what
do I mean by that? Okay, for every muscle that you have there is an
opposite muscle. I mean, I’m talking about skeleton muscles
like heart muscles. But anyway, the most common muscle you know of,
muscles that do the opposite things are triceps and biceps. Biceps do
this, triceps do that.
every other muscle has an opposite muscle, muscles that do things and
muscles do the opposite action. And in your hands, most of the
movement that is done by your hands is actually done by the forearm
muscles. And the muscles that close your fingers are the flexor
muscles, these are called flexors muscles.
any doctor will tell you there’s flexor muscles because they
have names, like flexor this or flexor that. And the muscles on the
back of the forearm are the ones that open your hands and they are
called extensor muscles.
the flexor muscles make your hands close, make your fingers close,
bring your wrist down. The extensor muscles do the opposite. Now,
when you are typing or playing a musical instrument or squeezing
things or gripping things or lifting weight with gripping, what
muscles are you using? You are using the flexor muscles.
you open your hands there is no resistance. When you close your hands
to get something or when you are typing or playing a guitar, a piano
or whatever these muscles are pushing. So, these muscles get stronger
relatively speaking compared to the extensor muscles which
have any resistance to go against. And usually, you are not
stretching your hands out; usually you are just working with your
these muscles get tighter more than they are used. When a muscle gets
tighter it shortens. Why does it shorten? Well you get knots. Knots
are muscle fibers stuck together. And you get shortening in the
muscles by muscles in contraction. Little cells within the muscle get
stuck in contraction. Not the whole muscle but parts of the muscle,
those cells iwithin the muscle. And unless your muscles get
stretched out the less they can get stretched out.
these tendons which are attached to the muscle - because tendons
attach muscles to bone - and the tendons that come from the forearm
go through the carpal tunnel. You can tell that your forearm muscles
move your wrists and fingers just like gripping your forearm and
feeling what happens when you move your hand around, when you move
your hand up and down. When you see these tendons move up and down,
they look like little pencils there.
anyway, because these get thicker and shorter they pull your wrist
forward. When your wrist is pulled forward there is less room in the
carpal tunnel area. When there is less room in the carpal tunnel area
there is more pinching on the media nerve which makes your hands
a lot of doctors will recommend wrist splints at night so you can
sleep. But what does a wrist splint do? They hold your hand in a
neutral position. And when it’s in a neutral position your
carpal tunnel is open and that is why you can sleep.
doctors already know that keeping the carpal tunnel open makes you
feel better, it gets rid of the numbness. But it’s not
anything, it’s not actually reversing your problem at all
because you keep on typing and doing whatever you were doing and you
think you are getting better because you can sleep at night when
actually the problem is just accumulating. It’s just that
at night, keeps the carpal tunnel open.
try and experiment with me. I want you to hold your hand in a neutral
position. The neutral position is when the back of your hand and the
back of the forearm are in a straight line. And just put your hands
down with your hands facing your side. Move your hands in a neutral
position and then forget about your hands, don’t pay
see if there were no muscle imbalance in your hand, your hand and
forearm would stay in a straight line. The back of your hand and
forearm will stay like that. But if they curl in that’s
imbalance and what you need to do about that is correct the muscle
imbalance. And how do you do that? Well, a lot of programs use
the fact is that stretching is a very slow process. Why? Because when
you stretch a muscle the parts of the muscle that aren’t
together, that are not shortened are the ones that are easiest to
stretch. The parts of the muscle that are stuck either with muscle
fiber stuck together or with scar tissue in them or muscle cells
stuck in contraction, those are the last things that want to stretch.
by the time you are done stretching those probably haven’t
stretched yet or if they are just a minimal amount. So, it takes more
and more time to get to those muscles to loosen them up by
stretching, whereas if you had self massage and I show you self
massage techniques in my course where you are not using your hands,
because I know they are already weak from your problem. So, you are
not using your hands to actually do a self massage on yourself and
this is much, much better than having a massage therapist do it.
I am a massage therapist. I’ve been a massage therapist for
years and I know there’s not a lot of great massage
out there relative to the number of massage therapists who
that effective in solving problems.
just do what I call the slide and glide. They feel good, they may
help your back out and stuff. But very few have studied how to treat
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
even if they have all you need to do is work out a few minutes, 5
minutes at a time. A couple of times a day, now you wouldn’t
to a massage therapist for that, you would waste a whole lot of time,
waste a whole lot of money. You don’t need to do that; you
do it yourself.
as far as the programs that only talk about carpal tunnel and what it
is. Well, there is other things that cause problems in your wrists
and fingers that are coming from other parts of your body such as the
front of your neck. And anyway, I show you how to find those and what
to do about them and how you locate those.
again, it’s something you can do yourself really, really
easily. It’s not hard and it doesn’t take all that
to do. How long does it take? Well, it depends on how bad your
situation is. I mean, if you are just doing a minimal amount with
your hands and it’s not a bad problem you can get rid of that
problem really quick.
if your problem has been around for a while and it’s not
enough that you need carpal tunnel surgery, that your hand is not
totally dead all the time or you are not in danger of total nerve
damage, you can reverse that and you will feel yourself functioning
better all the time but it’s better to keep at that.
if you are on an occupation where you are using your hands a lot you
want to do maintenance on them once you got it cleared up because you
are still doing the things that cause the problem. Hopefully, you
will learn ergonomic techniques either from me or through other
sources that I give on how to keep your hands so that they are
causing you less damage but you still want to be able to function
with your hands, to do your job or to buy your instrument or whatever
it is that you do, your hobby or knitting or gardening or whatever.
the thing is, if you don’t take action your problem will get
worse. And if your hands are getting numb or tingling now think what
they are going to be if you keep doing what you are doing the way you
are doing it, think about what happens 10 years from now or 5 years
from now, even couple of years from now.
if you’ve already had carpal tunnel surgery and
back it’s because you keep on doing the things
done before or you’ve got scar tissue from the surgery. But
you can reverse yourself again IFit’s caused by the muscle
imbalances. If it’s caused by a screw up in the surgery, well
don’t know what you can do about screw up part.
you are, take a look at my page, sign up and get yourself better,
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