Carpal tunnel syndrome (abbreviated CTS) is used as an umbrella diagnosis with most people attributing any wrist pain to carpal tunnel syndrome. Actual CTS can be difficult to diagnose as there are similarities with neck injuries, nerve impairment, thoracic outlet syndrome, pronator teres syndrome, sprained wrist ligaments, and trigger point referral pain produce similar symptoms. Massage can be immensely helpful for CTS patients. A therapeutic massage, within pain tolerance, for carpal tunnel syndrome with specific work on the hand, wrist, forearm and shoulder may help decompress the median nerve. Massage that doesn’t exacerbate symptoms has been shown to contribute to improvement in strength, function, and symptoms of patients with CTS. Read on to find out more!
After posting about inflammation and swelling last week, I had a few questions about icing or heating muscle pains and injuries and how that interacts with the inflammatory process. Unfortunately there does not seem to be a good answer. Medical professionals seem quite divided on when to ice an injury and when to heat an injury. PubMed, a repository of peer reviewed science journal articles, shows a significant number of published papers with the conclusion that icing helps, icing is detrimental, or that icing has no effect, along with heating an injury helps, heating an injury does not help, and that heating an injury has no effect. So, at this point in time, it seems as though the jury is still deliberating on this case. Personally, I am in the pro-icing camp for specific injuries and in the pro-heating camp for general aches and pains. Basically my recommendation is to try something and see how your body reacts--icing, heating, or both.
Weather plays an important role in our lives. It affects our daily activities, what we wear, the crops we can grow and eat, and our travel plans. Weather also affects our bodies. Some obvious examples would be heatstroke and frostbite as a result of extreme temperatures. Interestingly, there are a variety of other effects that our body experiences due to subtle changes in season, atmospheric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity. Scientists have found weather effects on headaches, moods, strokes, trauma, kidney stones, and arthritis. These effects represent just a few of many, as investigating weather effects on the human body is an ongoing research subject.
Knees are pretty darn important. Taking good care of them will significantly increase and maintain a high quality of life. This post covers basic knee anatomy, potential knee causes of knee pain and steps you can take to reduce knee pain.
Plantar fasciitis is a frustrating injury. It takes a long time to heal and there isn’t a standard protocol for treatment. However, with the combination of a strict morning routine, massage and some physical therapy exercises, you can soon be on your way back to healthy feet!