Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained
(Don’t worry, it’s not technical!)
Why is it Called "Carpal Tunnel"?
It's called "carpal tunnel" by most people but that name is not really correct.
The actual name for the condition is "carpal tunnel syndrome". The condition gets it's name because the problem occurs inside your wrist joint, in a space called the "carpal tunnel".
It Really is a Tunnel!
The carpal tunnel space is a true passageway. It's about the width of your thumb, and it's a busy, compact area. Through that passageway run flexor tendons, the median nerve, and blood vessels.
Think of the carpal tunnel space as the main highway between your arm and hand. The floor of that space are your wrist bones (carpal bones). The roof of the space is a tough band of tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. (That's the ligament surgeons cut when you have carpal tunnel surgery.)
What Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Feels Like
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an abnormal condition. The problem begins inside the carpal tunnel space inside the wrist joint. This condition is famous for causing unusual symptoms.
Those symptoms are exclusively in your hand and fingers (but not your little finger). They most commonly include:
Sometimes pain feels like electric shocks. They may even shoot into your wrist and up your forearm.
Most people who get carpal tunnel syndrome start off by waking up at night with numbness. They feel like they have to shake out the numbness in their fingers and hand. Less often, some patients awaken with hand or finger pain in the middle of the night.
Eventually, as carpal tunnel syndrome worsens, the symptoms occur all day and night. Your hand may get weak or clumsy. You might find it difficult to turn doorknobs or open jars. It can feel awkward tying a shoelace, buttoning a shirt or picking up coins.
As time goes on, and without treatment, many people lose the sensation of hot or cold in their fingers. In more advanced stages, the muscle at the base of your thumb flattens out. At that point, you hand is nearly non-functional.
How Does Carpal Tunnel Happen?
Carpal tunnel happens because of swelling. It begins as a problem in the flexor tendons of your forearm. Those are the ropy structures you feel just below your wrist crease. With carpal tunnel, the tendons become sticky with adhesions, and start to swell.
Nobody knows what causes the stickiness. But it’s more prevalent in people who perform certain tasks with their hands, such as typing, using hand tools, and gripping/releasing frequently like on an assembly line.
The swelling eventually pushes on the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel space. The median nerve is one of the main nerves to your hand.
If fact, the tendon swelling can be so great that it crushes the median nerve. It’s a curious thing when the median nerve is crushed. It sends signals to your brain that tells it, "There's pain, numbness or tingling in the fingers and hand!"
Pain, numbness and tingling are the main signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. And the more the median nerve is crushed, the more of these signals get sent to the brain.
What Is Surgery Used for Carpal Tunnel?
The best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome is to keep the tendons from crushing the median nerve in the first place. And to do that you must attack and eliminate the reason the tendons swell.
Doctors use surgery to reduce pressure on the nerve inside the carpal tunnel space. The carpal tunnel release surgery temporarily relieves the pressure by making more room inside the wrist joint.
When the surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament, the wrist joint snaps open. It's like cutting the string on an archery bow. When the wrist snaps open, it"releases" the the pressure on the nerve.
So for a time, surgery lowers the pressure inside the carpal tunnel. And the nerve is no longer being crushed.
Unfortunately, the surgery does nothing to eliminate tendon adhesions and swelling. Therefore, in time, more adhesions begin to form. And the tendons swell all over again. That’s why about 50% of people see carpal tunnel symptoms return within 2 years of having surgery.
Clearly, carpal tunnel surgery is not the permanent answer.
What's the Best Way to Eliminate Swelling?
If surgery is not the best way to eliminate tendon swelling and preventing more symptoms, what is?
Actually, massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists know the answer. They use an effective and lasting technique to get rid of the adhesions and subsequent tendon swelling.
That technique is called myofascial release massage therapy. The treatment kneads the tissues over your wrist. Doing so breaks apart adhesions and drains away the fluid causing the swelling.
However, this therapy must be applied daily, and for at least 30 days to be effective. Of course, a physical therapist or massage therapist can do that for you. But visiting them daily for a month is expensive.
Alternatively, the Carpal Rx performs the exact same myofascial release massage automatically. Look at the kneading motions between a human therapist and the Carpal Rx: they're identical.
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Therapist performs Myofascial Release massage for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Carpal Rx performs the identical therapy automatically.
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