My massage clients would often remark about how strong my hands were and would ask if had problems with carpal tunnel.
Many years ago I was working long hours doing massage in a large resort. My hands became increasingly numb.
Yeah I was scared. Only a few years into a new career. Was that about to end? Then what would I do?
But first let me tell you. I’m 68 years old and my hands feel better than they did when I was a teenager.
After doing massage since 1991, I retired from massage practice the beginning of 2015 so I could help more people world-wide.
Do you think your problem will just go away? Think again. Or maybe you think you will wait until you need to have surgery. Bad idea. Why? I’ll talk about this later but surgery is risky, almost always leaves the grip weaker, and requires way more exercises to recover from than the techniques in the Carpal Tunnel Master program. And even when surgery is successful, your carpal tunnel syndrome often comes back years later.
The common treatment is anti-inflammatory drugs. But knowledgeable doctors now know they not only are not effective, they actually block the body’s natural healing process.
They prescribe night splints. While most people find it helpful to relieve the numbness or pain at night – and it can be a very good idea for many people to use them – they aren’t actively helping you to get better.
You may think you’re getting better because you can sleep at night. But your problem is very likely getting worse.
Next is cortisone shots. This almost always a temporary fix. Relief may last a few months up to a few years. Cortisone is very powerful. The majority of doctor’s won’t give a cortisone shot more than twice (some doctors up to three times) in the same place in a lifetime – because it can break down muscle, tendons, and even bone and cause permanent damage.
Numbness in the fingers is caused by pinching of one or more of three nerves. These nerves run from the base of the neck, then to the front of the neck, then the upper chest, under your armpit and down your arm.
There are several areas along that path where the nerves can be pinched. It is almost always caused by muscle imbalance.
Physical therapists are aware of the mischief caused muscle imbalance. Or at least they should be.
You see sometimes people experience little or no results with physical therapy, not because physical therapy doesn’t work, but because of the particular physical therapist not being clued in to what the real problem was.
Does that happen? You bet. I’ve had clients who had gone to physical therapy for weeks or months without any improvement. Why? Because they were given stretches… Read more…