What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Are you afraid you have carpal tunnel syndrome? Do you suffer from burning wrists? Tingling fingers? Are you losing strength, maybe even dropping glasses because you can’t feel them in your hand? Do you wake up during the night with your hands numb? Are you afraid of the surgery that can potentially make the problem worse as scar tissue grows around the nerves to your hand? Would you like to know about a non-surgical carpal tunnel treatment?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is caused by pressure on the nerves to your hand. There are three nerves that begin at your neck, go across your shoulder, down your arm, and into your wrist (radial nerve), ring and pinky fingers (ulnar nerve) and to your thumb and first two fingers (median nerve). Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve, while a condition called ulnar neuropathy is caused by pressure on your ulnar nerve. When either a bone, tendon, or muscles are pressing into your median nerve anywhere from your neck to your hand, you will experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in your hand and wrist.

Which muscles cause the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The problem begins all the way up at your neck where your scalenes cross over the bundle of nerves that ultimately become your median, ulnar, and radial nerves. Then the nerves pass under a bone at your shoulder, where a chest muscle inserts into the bone and will pull the bone down onto the nerves. Next your median nerve goes underneath your biceps muscle, and your ulnar nerve goes underneath your triceps. Spasms in these muscles will cause either the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar neuropathy.

The nerves then move into your forearm. When your forearm muscles are in spasm they pull on the tendons and will trap your median nerve within the carpal tunnel. Also, there is a ligament called the flexor retinaculum that forms the bridge to the carpal tunnel. When your thumb muscle is in spasm it will pull on the bridge and cause it to press down onto your median nerve as it passes through your carpal tunnel.

The best carpal tunnel treatment involves finding all of the spasms, and then applying direct pressure onto each of the muscles that cross over the median nerve. The pressure forces out toxins that are causing the muscles to shorten and put pressure on the nerves, plus the shortened muscles are also putting a strain on your wrist and hands.

As you do the carpal tunnel treatments that release the tension in the muscles, you’ll find pain ease quickly, numbness fade away, and strength return to your hands.


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