The diagnosis “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” is a general term for any pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the wrist and / or hand. The nerve being compressed or entrapped is called the Median Nerve. While this distribution of symptoms is very common in today’s modern work environment, an accurate diagnosis requires refinement in order to see full resolution of symptoms. In clinical practice, the most common area of median nerve entrapment is in the pronator teres (forearm), followed by the scalenes (neck), not at the wrist as is commonly misunderstood.
While these areas of soft tissue adhesion / entrapment often require hands on therapy like Active Release Technique from a skilled practitioner, some relief and maintenance care can be achieved with a series of arm and neck movements. The following is a “flossing” technique that draws the nerve back and forth to release the nerve from any restriction in its path.
Pair this drill as prescribed 20 times, twice a day with care from a ART provider in your area.
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Last modified: May 25, 2018