I have recently become one of the people suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), which was very unexpected. I did not have much knowledge about the condition and thought only those who are addicted to their cellphones had this problem.
It started with some pain and tingling in the wrist, hands, and going all the way up the arms. I attributed it to the nature of my work, where I have to work with my hands and fingers the whole day.
Little did I know that the median nerve was being compressed to a point that I visited the doctor about my symptoms. Later on, I was diagnosed with CTS.
Living With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Since I was diagnosed, I started to learn more about the condition in order to understand it. I discovered the risk factors that have led me to this, like being female and working with the same hand and wrist motions every day.
Other cases might be hereditary or due to the anatomy of the wrist, hand, and fingers. Diseases like arthritis and diabetes and disorder in the pituitary and thyroid glands can increase the risk.
While it started with a bit of numbness and tingling, I would notice some pain at night and the muscles in the hands getting weaker. Over time, the pain would travel from the hand to the arm and the shoulders.
Fortunately, it was at this point that I went to the doctor because I really needed treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, I might continue losing strength and in my hands. I have heard of other CTS patients who can no longer grasp anything as they have lost the ability.
Getting Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In the beginning, my doctor recommended the usual first treatment for CTS. I was given a wrist brace and told to ice the hand. For the pain, ordinary painkillers were recommended.
This was, however, not enough given the advanced stage of my condition and I tried to look for a more permanent solution.
Surgery is the next treatment my doctor recommended but I was not ready to do it. Plus, I have read that the success of surgery is unsure and not permanent.
This means the weakness and the other symptoms are bound to come back. Thus, I did a bit of research for some non-invasive treatment options for CTS.
Myotherapy For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
One of the treatments I came across was the myotherapy treatments in Melbourne.It was very interesting to learn how different techniques used by myotherapists, like deep tissue massage, dry needling, trigger point therapy, and stretching exercises, could work on relieving the symptoms to almost non-existent and even lower the risk of the condition reoccurring. Because it did not include any surgery, I was eager to try it out.
My first visit to the myotherapy clinic was very informative, as they assessed my case and helped me understand more about the condition. The treatment was tailor-fit especially for me and it was thoroughly explained, as well as the benefits I should start to enjoy after going to the sessions.
I have to admit, there was a certain part of me that was a bit unsure whether massage could truly reverse CTS. But after it was explained to me how the condition starts with the median nerve being compressed for a long period of time, I began to understand what the key is in addressing this. Various massage and needling procedures will reduce the inflammation in the muscles and relieve the nerve.
Beyond that, one of the most important aspects of the treatment is to do home exercises like stretching and flexibility exercises that will relieve the pain and improve the movement of the muscle. Lastly, I needed to modify my day-to-day activities so that the CTS does not reoccur.
The combination of modern treatment and myotherapy helped me reverse my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before it became worse. Without it, I would have lost my job and worse, the ability to use my hand normally.
It truly helped doing proper research on the condition and what options are available before saying yes to surgery. In the end, I was able to handle my CTS the way I wanted to.