Research: Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

MASSAGE therapy
MUSCLE strength
MEDIAN nerve -- Wounds & injuries

Abstract:The article cites a recent study which reports that massage therapy eases the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and increases grip strength. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, tingling, burning and numbness of the hand. In the study, subjects were randomly assigned to either the standard-treatment control group or the massage-therapy group. Those in the massage group received one massage per week on the affected arm for four weeks. They were also instructed in self-massage, which they were to perform each night before bed. Results of the study showed that the subjects in the massage group had significantly less pain and reduced carpal tunnel symptoms, as well as shorter median peak latencies and increased grip strength.

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