What should you do if you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome? It is recommended that you identify a provider who is trained in Active Release Technique, ideally one who incorporates a functional rehabilitation program. In order to achieve long-term results, the patient must be instructed on home care and self-care exercises that address how to strengthen weakened muscles as well as how to release the overactive muscles as well.
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Active Release Technique: Athletic Injuries & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
July 1, 2010//1 Comment
The Mayo Clinic deﬁnes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as “a vague aching in your wrist that can extend to your hand or forearm.” Other symptoms include: tinglingor numbness, pain radiating or extending up the arm from the wrist, or a sense of weakness in your hands or ﬁngers.
Most commonly, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been linked to pressure on the Median nerve, a nerve that originates in the neck and passes down the arm, as it passes into the wrist. “Generally speaking, Carpal Tunnel has loosely been associated with any pain, weakness or sensation involving the wrist and hands.”
Traditional therapy for Carpal Tunnel has been broken into two categories:
Non-surgical methods typically include wrist splinting, anti-inﬂammatory drugs, and corticosteroids.
Surgery usually involves cutting into the carpal ligament, and releasing any nerve pressure in the wrist caused by the carpal ligament. But according to most critical medical literature, surgery only produces long-term beneﬁts in only 50-60% of patients. So why have the traditional methods of treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome achieved such mediocre results?