Did you know that sitting posture and work habits play an important role in exacerbating or preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? In a previous article “Does Rolfing Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?” we explored what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is and how Rolfing can help you recover from this problem. This article will explore the role that sitting posture has on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and how Rolfing can help you to achieve and maintain good posture.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), the pain and numbness in your hand can be daunting. If the symptoms progress you can develop muscle weakness and loss of function. It can become difficult to hold a pencil, open a jar or pick up a coin.
Our hands are so important to us. In this article we will explore what CTS is and some treatment options to consider.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a highly specific nerve problem in which the median nerve becomes entrapped (compressed) as it passes through the bones of the wrist. The median nerve innervates the muscles within the hand and forearm. It is responsible for the sensation that is felt in the thumb, index, middle and the radial half of the middle finger. If symptoms are experienced in the pinky, upper arm, shoulder or neck you probably don’t have CTS.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome frequently accompanies repetitive strain. Static postures often contribute to this problem. Office workers who spend many hours sitting at a computer often hold their wrists very still for many hours while using the keyboard or mouse. Professional musicians too have similar challenges and are prone to CTS. Carpenters and assembly line workers also get carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive strain and static postures typically cause shortening of the muscles of the hand and their connective tissue wrappings. Shortening of these structures of the hand alters the biomechanics of the hand and set the stage for CTS. Carpal tunnel frequently occurs during pregnancy due to increased swelling of the wrist that causes compression of the median nerve. Read More