Carpel Tunnel – The Elbow, a true culprit
Wrist surgery. Hope to be one of the last resorts, down the line from “carpal tunnel” wrist pain. Now the “” air quotes are to say that pain in a location may not be the cause of the pain.
A large part of my clients present with weakness during pinching or twisting a knob, even gripping a coffee mug. Everyday activities for most of us. Pain in the wrist and hands can be relived. With progressive self-awareness and increased movement patterns.
“What can we do to not feel pain?”, you may ask. Let’s look at the elbow. When driving, writing or drinking, a typical wrist position is neutral with the thumb up and elbow out. This creates the need to internally rotate the shoulders which may clamp down on the nerve and blood vessels in the shoulder-neck area. Why is any of that important? Because any and all clamping of the nerves can create the numbing and or weakness associated with “carpal tunnel”.No way can a typing pad nor casual passive stretches will solve the problem.
4 concepts when treating wrist pain with manual therapy, that may be the difference between surgery and pain-free wrist:
- Recover or to prevent “carpal tunnel” or better-said wrist pain, is neuromuscular therapy combined with Functional Range Release (R) at the pronator teres and quadrates teres to relieve the tension/ pressure of the muscles that primarily rotate the forearm.
- Reinforces movement into the increased passive range of motion with active range of motion practice, brought to use by the Functional Range Conditioning’s wrist and elbow CAR’s (Controlled Articular Rotations).
- Consistency of movement in your increased range of motion. The best thing we can do when moving is to stay moving.
- Most powerful step is, always challenge yourself. Simply moving when you are tired is a challenge for some of us. Each and every time we challenge our bodies with movement, the body will adapt to the demand (load) and produce greater results each and every time we recover.
Increase strength at end range of motion. Increase the resilience of your joints, with prehab like FRC. A body in motion stays in motion. Challenge yourself to perform daily CAR’s to build your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscle, and nerve connection by consciously activation during movement. Let’s get you right with your joints. Why stay in pain, with no gain?
Schedule you Functional Range Release/ Functional Range Conditioning session today.
Some “how to” Elbow and Wrist CAR’s from Dr Ian Markow