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Does Massage Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?

Whether it’s low back pain, migraines, or a chronic hip issues, pain has one thing in common, the person experiencing it wants relief. Massage therapy can be a great way to help alleviate pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome is one of those areas where massage therapy can help.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the inflammation or entrapment of nerves within the carpal tunnel on the anterior (front) of the wrist. This can cause pain and numbness in the hand and fingers. It can also make it difficult to grasp or carry objects and can sometimes cause pain.

The cause of carpel tunnel syndrome is typically repetitive motion, such as working on a computer all day. “Carpal tunnel is most often considered a repetitive strain or overuse injury, but genetics and disease processes can contribute to the symptoms, too,” explains Mary Bennett, owner of Alleviate LLC in Bloomington, Indiana. “Excessive flexion and extension of the wrist seem to be the most popular theory as to cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, heredity, those with smaller carpal tunnels, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few, can all play a part.”

How massage can help.

Deep tissue and treatment massage are very good techniques used to help alleviate the pressure from the entrapment that causes CTS. An experienced massage therapist will know the anatomy of the body well and, therefore, be able to concentrate on the areas needed to reduce the inflammation and pain.

Although it may not completely take away the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome on the first visit, it most likely will help to lessen the intensity of it for a while if not permanently, depending on the circumstance. Multiple treatments may be required but they will be well worth it and a lot less costly than surgery in the long run.

Natural alternatives to surgery are the best way to permanently heal things that are causing pain. Try looking into massage therapy for your concern and get the relief you are wanting!

If you have questions about how massage can help with your carpel tunnel syndrome, feel free to email us at or call/text (360) 900-1122.

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