You’re experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and while it might seem like a big, bad thing, it’s fairly simple.
I know the advice out there tells you to be careful, avoid activity, wear splints, use hot and cold, and do it all for a long time.
Or they recommend surgery.
Even with all that, your only hope is that you can get the pain to back off some, but you’ll probably be dealing with the restriction for the rest of your life.
Man! Don’t you just want to get back to a normal wrist? Of course you do! I’m here to tell you, you can do a lot better than what you’ve been told.
I know what you’re dealing with because I’ve helped a lot of wrists, including my own.
I’ve badly sprained my right wrist, twice. The first time was before my life as therapist, the second time gave me plenty of practical treatment experience.
Honestly, the old injury wasn’t something I paid much attention to, it worked decently enough most of the time. But years after the incidents, it was still injured enough that I couldn’t put weight on it, my grip was getting weak, and it hurt to use my hand, especially in certain positions.
Yet I continued along, taking just enough care of it when I had to, but it kept bothering me. It wasn’t getting better. You know what that’s like right?
So, finally I got serious. I treated myself, delving deep into the restrictions that I felt in the wrist bones, taking time and being deliberate about my treatment.
After only four 20 minute self-treatment sessions, I was able to put enough weight on it to do pushups. I hadn’t been able to do that for five years or longer! No braces. No icing and heating. No being careful. I just used good myofascial release principles.
So What’s Really Going On In That Wrist of Yours?
Like everybody says, the nerve is impinged – either by scar tissue compressing your wrist and squashing the nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel, or entrapment further up the arm, often in the elbow or shoulder. Nerves need to glide in order to function well and not cause pain.
What they fail to tell you is the scar tissue and inflammation, or as I think of them, fascial restrictions, can be treated and released more effectively than is generally known – you don’t need surgery to do it, but simply icing, heating, and resting isn’t going to solve your problem either.
What You Can Do
Find yourself a skilled myofascial release therapist. (Barnes trained) You can do a lot on your own, but especially at first, you need the experience and outside perspective that a therapist provides.
Get some simple self-treat suggestions with my video!
The right kind of myofascial release is excellent at restoring tissue length, glide, and movement to arms and shoulders. This frees up the nerve wherever it is caught, and allows the bones of the wrist to open and move into their proper positions.
Typically I find that the forearm and elbow need some release work as well as the wrist and palm. We may need to address shoulder and spine balance issues too.
As you get those tissues unstuck, you’ll end up with much better results, not to mention obliterating the side effects, expense, and downtime that surgery requires.
There are, however, some side effects of working with a myofascial release therapist. Think: easier times putting on coats or reaching overhead; greater comfort in your arms, neck, and shoulders while sleeping; maybe even gaining back a bit of height (seriously, stretch that spine).
With the help of a skilled therapist, you can skip the months and maybe even years of braces and always living on the fringes of pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and wrist injuries are not mysterious. They’re not inexplicable. And they’re not impossible to heal.
If you’re ready to get serious about the pain in your wrists, schedule some time with me here.
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