A client was referred to me with significant back and leg pain along with carpal tunnel syndrome. After a course of treatments not only has her back and leg subsided to the extent that she no longer uses a walking stick (more on that in a later post in a later post), but there is no longer any mention of her discomfort coming from the carpal tunnel syndrome as this pain has gone after just two treatments of Bowen Fascial Release Technique.
She had been suffering from considerable pain in her carpal tunnel for over six months and was having to wear a supportive and restrictive splint on her wrist. This was at times uncomfortable and unwieldily but it did allow her to undertake simple activities such as holding a drink without dropping it. However she was wearing the splint 20 hours a day.
So what is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes a dull ache in the wrist and forearm with pain which may radiate into the hand and fingers. It is often worse at night and can radiate into the forearm, elbow or shoulder. In addition weakness in the fingers and hands may be experienced.
Symptoms usually increase gradually over time and may initially only be present at night. It can occur in one or both wrists at the same time. A dull ache in the wrist and forearm is felt with pain which may radiate into the thumb and four fingers of the hand, but not the little finger.
Symptoms are caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist as it passes through a narrow channel in the wrist called the carpal tunnel along with the tendons of the flexor digitorum superficialis and flexor pollicis longus muscles of the forearm. The tunnel can narrow creating pressure on the nerve for a number of reasons:
All of these conditions can cause a narrowing of the space through which the median nerve passes. Symptoms are three times more common in women, probably because they have a smaller carpal tunnel. It also has a higher prevalence in people with diabetes and other conditions which directly affect the nervous system. It usually occurs first in the dominant hand and sometimes but not always occurring as well in the non dominant hand. Some professions are more at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, especially people who are continually repeating the same movement. Read more…