Your has recommended that you undergohand surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome? The median nerve, which carries sensationto the thumb and first three fingers, passes through a natural passageway in the wrist.This opening called the carpal tunnel is formed by archshaped wrist bones and a connectingligament. Various conditions, such as pregnancy, injury,arthritis and changes in the tendons caused by repetitive motion can crowd the alreadynarrow tunnel, putting pressure on the nerve. This added pressure can cause a tingling sensationin the fingers and the thumb and may even
lead to numbness, pain and restricted movement.This combination of symptoms is called the carpal tunnel syndrome. Your Procedure: On the day of your operation, you will beasked to put on a surgical gown. You may receive a sedative by mouth and an intravenous line may be put in. You will then be transferred to the operatingtable. Your will scrub thoroughly and willapply an antiseptic solution to the skin around
the area where the incision will be made. Next, the surgeon will numb the involved areaof the hand and wrist with an anesthetic, either with a local injection or by completelyblocking a nerve higher up on the arm. When the operative field is completely numbthe surgeon will make an incision. Skin and other tissue will be carefully drawnaside to expose the carpal ligament. Then the surgeon will cut the ligament, relieving pressure on the nerve that runsbeneath it. Finally the will close the incisionwith fine sutures.
A sterile bandage will be applied and a splintwill be put in place to prevent the wrist from moving while healing takes place.
Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cross Fiber Friction of the Forearms for Carpal Tunnel Massage
ALEXSON ROY: So what we’re going to do nowis we’re going to do crossfiber friction, okay? We’re going to begin the actual massageof the forearms, and cross fiber is nothing more than kinda like muscle over muscle, okay?Muscle over muscle or large circular motions on the muscle. All you’re doing is kinda twistingit and braiding it, okay? Twist. Can you see how my hands just kinda go one over the other?The muscles are doing the same thing. They’re just touching, overlapping. And when I saymuscles, I mean more of the fibers, not the actual musclemuscle. It’s like the littlefibers and you like kinda doing this thing with them, twisting one over the other. That’sall you do. If your handif your thumbs overlap
like this, you’re doing it right. If anything,one hand over top of the other, that’s cross fiber. So what we’re going to do next is Iwant to do another technique to sort of begin the massage and relax this area.