We can treat carpal tunnel syndrome with many different techniques, also with yoga. Are you among those unfortunates who face the wrist pain and loss of strength in their hands on a daily basis? Read more below.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common and expensive neuropathology. This is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist in the carpal tunnel.
Prolonged repetition from the same movements in the wrist are the main reasons that compartment syndrome of the wrist occurs.
Don’t blame just the computer
Modern life has caught us in the world of technology and does not spare us in terms of a healthy lifestyle and health in general. Typing on a computer keyboard and multiple use of a computer mouse are really great potential for carpal tunnel syndrome, but don’t just blame the technology.
Interesting fact about carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the 6th most common occupational disease worldwide.
Some of the possible causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are fluid retention due to pregnancy or thyroid problems, bone changes, hand injuries, diabetes, weight gain, and so on.
A brief anatomical overview of the wrist
In order to understand the course of treatment, it is helpful to know something about the anatomy of the wrist.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in the wrist where nerves, ligaments, muscle tendons, and wrist bones are located.
- The median nerve is a large nerve that sends messages about activities between the hand and the brain.
- The tendons of the wrist flexor muscles slide up and down the canal as we flex and stretch the fingers of the hands.
- The tendon sheaths have a protective role and allow tendons to slide easier down the canal.
- The transverse carpal ligament is a strong ligament that surrounds and covers the arch of the carpal tunnel and forms a roof-like structure.
- The carpal bones form the solid base and lateral part of the carpal tunnel.
How to recognise the signs of the carpal tunnel syndrome?
The pain is the first sign that tells us that changes are happening in the wrist. It might be the pain in your fingers, hand or arm. The pain is usually accompanied by numbness or tingling (pins and needles) of the first three fingers.
Severe wrist compartment may also cause the atrophy of the muscles. The most pronounced decline in muscle strength is present in the palmar part under the thumb (atrophy of the tenor). The most pronounced decrease in muscle strength is present in the palmar part under the thumb (atrophy of the tenor).
It is often associated with disturbed sensory that happens during sleep when the wrist is in a bent position. This position of the palm can be prevented by using a splint overnight.
Compressed median nerve – how to heal it?
People who have wrist pain and may suffer from a pinched nerve in the wrist canal often seek help when it’s too late. The consequences can be significant: the muscles atrophy occurs, muscle strength and usability of the arm are lost.
Physiotherapy – carpal tunnel syndrome
Physiotherapy is crucial in the rehabilitation of a diseased arm. With the help of selected manual techniques, the physiotherapist can relax the soft tissue around the area where median nerve is compressed.
The most suitable choice of therapy is trigger point therapy which helps to relax the muscle tone. Physiotherapist also adds some transverse (cross) fibre friction massage on the painful spot. Physio may also performs the mobilisation of the wrist bones and the nerve itself. A manual treatment like this reduces compression on the median nerve and thus pain.
For patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, heat corresponds to the painful area of the wrist. You can heat this area in the comfort of your own home. Or, choose a different and more effective way, a Tecar therapy. Physiotherapists recommend it and is also more effective.
The Tecar device is special because it gives immediate results and can heat the inside of the tissue up to 40 degrees on the basis of highly completed technology.
Don’t forget to exercise on a daily basis. The physiotherapist will show you the most suitable exercises for you. Don’t have high expectations that a physiotherapist will immediately work a miracle and heal your wrist.
The day you leave the clinic, you will feel better. However, your hand will need exercise and physiotherapy.
Those with more severe clinical signs of compartment receive a splint on the wrist and together with the surgeon discuss the possible surgery.
Yoga works on a person holistically
Yoga is a universal method that works holistically on a person. It is suitable for people who want to improve concentration, mind, flexibility, strength, breathing and reduce stress and tension.
Posture and breathing are risk factors
While the medical profession views carpal tunnel syndrome as an exclusive problem in the wrist, yogis address this type of problem through the eyes of the whole body.
Yogis advocate the view that posture has a tremendous effect on wrist pain.
It’s not just the position of the wrist. The position of the head on the shoulders and the position of the shoulders itself are also important.
Although medical books mention that posture may play a role in the occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome, doctors rarely address this issue. Many yogis believe that nerve disturbances impulses to the medial nerve in the wrist can in the first place begin in the neck, shoulders and chest.
If we adjust and adapt our posture in the shape of the letter C (bent posture), the nerves and blood vessels on the way to the hand can become cramped. Many professions today are sedentary, which forces us into the posture that is most pleasing to us – so called the “cracked posture”.
Not only nerves and blood vessels, but also tendons, ligaments and muscles are shortened in the neck and chest. This is what causes further deterioration.
There is a further question, namely irregular breathing. Yogis find that irregular breathing is also associated with compression syndrome in the wrist. The problem arises because most people still don’t know how to breathe effectively.
Those who have problems with their shoulders and arms usually also have a limited range of breathing. Characteristically, a collapsed posture to the back of the ribs, which is crucial for deep breathing, prevents movement. As a result, the front thoracic spine is also bent and doesn’t expand enough while breathing.
A great benefit of yoga can be expected in the techniques of relaxation, stretching, establishing the correct posture with appropriate strengthening exercises. Yoga also improves flexibility and speeds up circulation. Best of all, it is suitable for everyone regardless of age and gender.