Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…Actually


The Carpal Tunnel and Flexors of the Hand

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of those conditions which is commonly overdiagnosed. It seems that any sort of hand and wrist pain or tingling and numbness automatically equates to carpal tunnel syndrome. This over-diagnosing, in my opinion, occurs because the real cause of the condition is usually mistaken. For those who actually have the condition, it can seem like there are no good answers for why it occurs and why it continues to be a problem. Hopefully, I can clear up some of these questions and give you a better understanding of what carpal tunnel syndrome really is, and thus a better understanding to treat it. Continue reading “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…Actually”

Shoulder Blade Pain…Everyone’s Bane

I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen a client and the first thing they say to me is “can you work on my shoulder blades or wings…or whatever they are called?” I don’t know about you but if I had wings back there I would be pretty excited. Also, I don’t remember being trained in wing massage….hmmm. All kidding aside, the upper thoracic and scapular region do get a lot of attention from massage therapist because it is a source or a great deal of discomfort for many clients. This area affects just about every human it seems (which is a lot of people) especially anyone who tends to spend a lot of time in front of a computer. It is also an area where we tend to gather tension related to stress which adds to the discomfort. Combine all of these factors and it is definitely an area most people are going to want work done on.

I would like to take this common treatment area and open up the reasons why it is such a prominent area of pain. I would also like to delve a bit deeper and see if we can figure out why so many people have, not only soreness here, but many times ongoing acute and chronic pain. What is that  “burning” and “aching” feeling that is described to us therapists so often? Also, why does it always seem to come back even after treating it? Hopefully, I can answer those questions and give you a better knowledge of how to treat what seems to be everyone’s bane. Continue reading “Shoulder Blade Pain…Everyone’s Bane”

Trigger Finger

 Whenever I write a post, I do a bit of research just to make sure my facts are on point…and that I am spelling things correctly (thanks, auto-correct). I always have my own opinion on the correct treatment of certain syndromes; hence the reason for this blog. Usually, I disagree with the common treatments put out there since they are usually medication and exercise heavy. However, this time I felt a little more uncertain as to the viewpoint I wanted to take. Honestly speaking, I have not had many of these cases come through my door so when I was asked to write about it, I knew I needed to get more info under my belt in order to make sure my opinion was an educated one. As I started reading different articles and studies, I realized that once again the common treatments occurring were not even touching on the anatomical structures which are important. This being said, let us dive into what I think is a better way to treat this tough pathology.

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