Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist made up of bones and ligaments. The median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through this passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the compression of this nerve as it travels through this tunnel and as a result causes a range of symptoms.

The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:

  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles
  • Pain, particularly at night
  • Darting pains from the wrist
  • Radiated or referred pain into the arm and shoulder
  • Weakness of the hand


Causes of Carpal Tunnel

  • Previous Wrist Fracture
  • Excessive/ Prolonged Wrist Flexion ie. Typing on a computer
  • Pregnancy – increased fluid retention
  • Vibrating Tools
  • Diabetes


Our Myotherapists are trained to assess Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and will put together an individualised treatment plan to help you minimise your pain. This will generally revolve around decreasing tension through the Hand and Wrist muscles as well as any other biomechanical issues there may be up and down the chain.

Depending on your presentation treatment may also include a combination of the following techniques:

  • Soft and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Stretching
  • TENS
  • Hot and Cold Therapies
  • Postural and Corrective Exercises


If you are experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or know someone who is call Essential Health on 9663 5134 to book an appointment today or to further discuss how Myotherapy will benefit you.