What Your Doctors Don't Want You to Know: ABOUT CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME & TENDINITIS

What Your Doctors Don't Want You to Know: ABOUT CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME & TENDINITIS

There seems to be a mystery around Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The mystery revolves around the causes of the problem as well as the proper treatment.

I recently received a brochure from a doctor concerning Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In this brochure, the doctor listed a number of causes for the affliction. The causes he listed are as follows: (1) repetitive and forceful grasping with the hands, (2) repetitive bending of the wrist, (3) broken or dislocated bones in the wrist, (4) arthritis, (5) thyroid gland imbalance, (6) diabetes, (7) menopause, and (8) pregnancy. After the list of causes he says, "Although any of the above may be present, most cases have no known cause."

To the best of my knowledge, people have had broken and dislocated bones in the wrist, arthritis, thyroid imbalance, menopause, and pregnancy long before anyone ever developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Why would a doctor even list these "so called" causes just because some may be present with people who have CTS? I imagine if studies were done, some people with CTS also have runny noses but that has nothing to do with the cause.

It continues to amaze me how some doctors react when they do not know the cause of a particular affliction or illness. Some doctors won't say "I don't know," instead they will come up with a name and guess as to the cause of the problem. We are all human and there is no shame in not knowing something. It amazes me more that many people listen to these doctors, believing each word to be gospel.

Is there really a big mystery around the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome? Or could it possibly be that some specialists would lose out on a fee of $4,000 to perform surgery on one wrist if they simply told their patients that the problem is simply a muscle problem. Massage therapy is virtually never considered by these so-called specialists to be an alternative solution for CTS. Could this big mystery be as simple as the muscles in the forearm tightening up and cutting off circulation to the median nerve and tendons, causing them to swell?

I am here to say that this is exactly the cause of CTS. I attended a workshop entitled "Soft Tissue Release" by Stuart Taws in June of 1996. By using his techniques, I have been able to help a number of people who suffer from this affliction.

Many so-called specialists have told my clients that nothing can be done for sciatica problems but I've helped hundreds of clients with sciatica. In most cases, sciatica is simply caused by the piriformis muscle contracting around the sciatic nerve. If one relaxes and stretches the muscle, the symptoms of sciatica will disappear. Treating such problems and many other muscle problems is no big mystery at all. Taws told his class "the name of the condition means nothing." He has proven this to me.

Some doctors treat carpal tunnel syndrome with anti-inflammatory drugs. If this does not relieve the pain, some inject corticosteroids into the wrist. If this does not help, surgery is often suggested. When doctors do this, they are just treating the symptoms of the disease. Drugs do not and will not heal CTS. Even most surgery will not. In most cases, the symptoms return in two to three years due to the fact that scar tissue builds up to take the place of the carpal ligament. Do the doctors believe that people with CTS have asteroid deficiency? More and more clients tell me that their doctors give them steroid injections for this problem.

When circulation is cut off to a particular area, of course there will be inflammation. The lack of circulation that is caused by CTS causes muscles to lose their ability to relax. The muscle length is shortened and this creates nerve compression. When circulation is stopped for any reason, all healing is stopped and inflammation is increased.

When circulation is decreased by contracting muscles the answer is not drug therapy. The answer is to relax and stretch the muscles so that the circulation can be restored. When this is done, the symptoms disappear.

Virtually every client I've seen who suffers from CTS, also suffers from tendinitis on the medial epicondyle and/or the lateral epicondyle (humerus). This tendinitis is caused by overworked muscles in the forearm. The muscles lose their ability to relax. When there is constant pulling on the attachment site, tendinitis is the result.

Again, no big mystery at all. If the muscles are stretched and soft tissue release work is done, the muscles are able to regain their flexibility. As a result, the tendinitis disappears.

I have personally experienced drug and ice therapy as treatment for tendinitis. After 18 months of treatment with no relief, I experienced soft tissue release work. Within three weeks, my tendinitis was gone. Now I know what to do to ensure I never have the problem again.

After learning about this phenomenal treatment for CTS and tendinitis, I wrote to my family doctor and the specialist I was seeing for my problems. I explained that I had learned how to treat the problem. I never received as much as a phone call from either doctor concerning the matter. Perhaps they were both afraid of losing some of their extravagant salary. So much so that they aren't even interested in hearing, from a massage therapist, about this very simple treatment.

I explain to my clients exactly what causes carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. Then I explain how to treat the problem without surgery or drugs. In most cases, all I need is one appointment, about two hours of their time. In that time, the client learns what to do at home. If the client follows through the program of stretching the muscles twice a day, the results are fantastic. Mystery? No, common sense.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Inc.

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By Michael Young

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