Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work injury condition in our modern world, often the result of frequent, repetitive computer and mobile device use. Tingling, burning, and pain in the forearms and hands often respond well to massage and chiropractic treatment.
The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist that the median nerve passes through. In the hand, this nerve receives sensory information primarily from the palm side of the thumb, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers as well as the thumb side of the wrist. Tingling and numbness from compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel will often present in this pattern. The median nerve also provides muscle innervations to several of the muscles of the hand and forearm.
Several muscles on the palm side of the forearm have tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel. These muscles can be irritated by compression of the carpal tunnel, as well as produce further irritation to the median nerve.
Massage to the forearms and pads of the hand can help relieve tightness and tingling in the hand. When massaging the pads of the hand, it is helpful to use gentle pressure from the pads of the opposite hand, moving from the center of the palm to the outside of the hand.
Consult your Chiropractor if you have symptoms. Check out a video clip on this subject on our website.