Pseudo carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

Here you will find an effective carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

The diagnosis of this symptom is often a misdiagnosis.

Should this be your case, then your previous treatments probably have shown little or no effect.

Your pain might also drag on for months, increasingly restricting you in everyday life.

Why is that?

In many cases it is not the pinching of the Nervus medianus or median nerve that leads to pain in the wrist, which is commonly referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Many times it is simply tension and trigger points in your arms and a neck muscle that cause the pain.

In this case, a self-massage can help ease and eliminate the pain.

That could be the case for you too!

In a few short moments, I will walk you step by step through your personal carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.

Of course, this is not really what it is, but for the sake of simplicity, I will call it like that.

Let´s do some massage!

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Your self-massage

Before we begin, I would like to share some important information concerning the massage of the hand so you will succeed.

  • Check all of the following areas of the body and muscles for tenderness and focus solely on the painful spots.
  • Massage yourself daily.
  • Massage the area immediately before to just beyond the sensitive spot!
  • Try to do this on the most painful spot. 15 massage strokes per spot are sufficient.
  • Take your time doing the massage – don’t hurry.
  • Practice makes perfect: Do not be discouraged by any initial difficulties.
  • A long breath and motivation to explore the body are beneficial!
  • Massaging tense muscles and trigger points can be painful. On a pain scale of 1 – 10, you should oscillate between 4 and 7.
  • Massage the painful spots without maximising the pain.
  • Do not be intimidated by the Latin terms I use. Everything on this page is shown in images, and you will be able to understand and do everything – that I’m sure of.

1.1 Your Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Self-massage of the dorsal forearm muscles

Muscles: Brachioradialis, extensor carpi radialis brevis and longus, extensor carpi ulnaris

In this first step, we will be working the back of your forearms on where the stabilizers and extensors of your wrist are located.

On the one hand, tension and trigger points, disturb the pulling conditions of your wrist and on the other hand, irritate your nervous system.

Both can cause pain on the inside of your wrist and simulate a carpal tunnel syndrome.

I recommend working on this area with a massage ball.

  • Place the ball on your forearm and press against a wall.
  • Search for painful spots by slowly rolling the ball over your forearm.
  • The best way to do this is to use up – and down movements. You will have to replace the ball a few times to be able to examine your entire forearm.
  • Roll slowly over each painful spot you find and massage it a few times.
  • It is especially in the upper half of your forearm that these spots are located.
  • Make sure to experiment with the position of the ball on the outside, middle and inside.

1.2 Your Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Self-massage of the volar forearm muscles

Muscles: Flexor carpi radialis and ulnaris, palmaris longus, pronator teres

These muscles are the flexor muscles of your fingers and your wrist.

Together with the muscles described in point 1, they are the most important with regard to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome.

We will work this area using the pressure-motion technique and the massage ball.

The tension in your wrist flexors is mostly located in the central area of your forearms and upwards – see image.

Let’s start with the pressure-motion technique.

For this, you need to sit.

  • Place the affected arm on the opposite thigh and press with your other forearm bone into the forearm resting on the leg.
  • Repeatedly close and open your hand making a fist and then releasing it. Experiment with the pressure you are applying as well as the position of the forearm.
  • While opening and closing your fist, you can feel how the muscles of your forearm are working.
  • What you need to do now is find painful areas in the forearm and focus on them.

Take a short break after about 30 seconds and let your arm hang loosely for about a minute.

Focus on what your forearm feels like, take a few deep breaths and relax.

Repeat the process, but with a difference.

This time you don’t make a fist, instead you are going to rotate your wrist.

Here again, you should try to find painful spots and concentrate on them.

Start out doing the massage on the inside of your forearms cautiously and pay attention to how your body is reacting.

If the massage is too brisk, you might temporarily worsen your carpal tunnel pain.

Although this is not dramatic, it is unwanted.

We will now finish up working on your forearms with a massage ball.

  • Place the ball on the side of your forearm, examine the entire upper half of it and massage all tense areas.
  • Again, the most tensions will be located in the upper half of your forearm.

1.3 Your Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Self-massage of your thumb muscles

Muscles: Adductor pollicis & opponens pollicis

These two muscles move your thumb toward the other fingers.

That means they are indispensable for most gripping movements.

In order to massage these muscles, you will have to locate them first.

Let’s start with the adductor pollicis.

  • Use a pincer grip to press on the area between the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand.
  • Press the thumb and forefinger of the hand you have pain in together a few times and feel how tense the muscle is.
  • Examine this area for painful muscle spots and massage it using the thumb and index finger technique.

Continuing with the opponens pollicis, which is also a very common trigger for carpal tunnel pain.

  • To feel it, place the index finger of the opposite hand on the ball of your thumb and press the thumb and little finger together.
  • Massage the opponens pollicis by pressing into the muscle with the knuckles of your opposite index finger and the moving the aching wrist in such a way that the area of the ball of your thumb is massaged.

1.4 Your Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Self-massage of your upper arm

Muscle: Brachialis

The brachialis has no direct connection to your wrist.

However, it can irritate your nervous system due to trigger points and cause pain on the inside of the wrist, which presents similar characteristics as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your brachialis stretches over your elbow and runs about half way up your upper arm.

It is tucked away next to and under your biceps. You can easily find and massage it, though. The best way to do this is with the thumb technique.

  • Place your thumb a bit above your elbow and press into the muscle tissue located there.
  • Move it a few times to the left and right. Here the brachialis springs back and forth under your thumb, and that you can feel.
  • Try to palpate the length of it and identify tender spots. Then, massage them with your thumb.
  • If you feel a burning or tingling pain, then you have probably landed on a nerve that runs nearby.
  • Don’t worry about it, but please don’t massage it. Instead, try to return to the muscle.

1.5 Your Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment: Self-massage of the nape of your neck

Muscles: Scalene muscles

The scalene muscles are three of your neck muscles, which often cause a “pseudo carpal tunnel syndrome”.

Massaging these muscles is somewhat more complicated, which is why they have a page dedicated to them. I suggest you visit that page by clicking on the link above.

Thank you for reading and I hope that I was of some help for you!