Whether you’re a desk jockey, a construction worker, or somewhere in between, you may have had the misfortune of dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. A wide array of people (and professions) fall victim to carpal tunnel, and while it seems relatively minor, it can be a massively disruptive issue. Carpal tunnel is considered to be “treatable” by the mainstream medical model, yet when I did some research on these so called treatments what I found sounded like the prescription my middle school coaches gave for every injury…”Put some ice on it and rest.”
Other ways carpal tunnel is typically remedied include wrist splints, ibuprofen, cortisone injections, and surgery, all of which have potential to lead to other serious issues down the road or only provide temporary relief. I knew Elisha had experience helping people with carpal tunnel in her private practice, but I didn’t realize that…
Virtually everyone who came to Elisha with carpal tunnel experienced both rapid and lasting relief.
Although carpal tunnel is an exceptionally common issue, it’s surprisingly easy to get rid of in most cases. There are some cases of carpal tunnel where you may experience some strange numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers, which might indicate a more complex case or could be indicative of nerve damage, however…
For most people fascial release of the forearm can provide real long-term relief.
One part of the body that I would have never imagined could have an impact on carpal tunnel symptoms is the neck, or more specifically the scalenes. Apparently really tight scalenes can disrupt nerve communication between the brain and the hand, and if the scalenes are left unattended they can lead to carpal tunnel.
Although scalenes are not as common of a contributor to carpal tunnel as the forearms, it might be something to look into if you’ve already attempted releasing the forearm fascia with minimal results. When I get my scalenes released by Elisha, I tend to get referral pain or sensation down the shoulder and along the tricep. Elisha experiences a similar sensation on the front side of the shoulder. I’ve never experienced carpal tunnel, so I didn’t intuitively make the connection that something seemingly unrelated to a the hand and wrist could have such a dramatic impact on them, but as soon as I made the connection, I was reminded of one of Elisha’s favorite mantras,
“Where the pain is, is almost never the problem.”
What carpal tunnel has in common with so many other injuries and chronic pain issues is fascial adhesions upstream from the actual point of pain. Our fascia (in all parts of the body) has potential to mold itself in a way that protects us in the short term, yet causes us pain in the long term. Lucky for us we have fascial release to re-mold the fascia in a way that helps us move with less pain and more mobility!
So what has your experience been with carpal tunnel? What do you believe caused your carpal tunnel? Have you used fascial release to fix this issue? Have you had surgery or cortisone shots for carpal tunnel? What was your experience? Are you struggling with carpal tunnel right now and don’t know where to turn?
If you’re struggling with carpal tunnel click here to check out the blog post and video with the carpal tunnel self help techniques. If you’ve never tried these techniques, I highly recommend them. Check them out and give us your feedback!