Our wrists have very narrow passages, called the carpal tunnels, that are packed with nerves, blood vessels, muscles and connective tissue that all travel into the hand. These tunnels can become easily constricted due to the large amount of stress we put on them through everyday activities such as typing on a computer.
This constriction can lead to pain, tingling, numbness and mobility problems that are collectively known as carpal tunnel syndrome. While this condition can have a very negative impact on your quality of life, there are effective treatment options, including physical therapy.
At Continuum Wellness, we believe that patient education is a critical part of providing patient-centered care. This is why we’ve created this helpful overview of the ways that physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome can help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the treatment options that are available to you.
Specific benefits of physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome
After performing an evaluation of your condition, a physical therapist can help you develop a treatment plan that consists of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, patient education and other methods. This physical therapy treatment plan is designed to accomplish the following goals:
- Strengthen the wrists — Targeting the muscles around the wrist with specific strengthening exercises can help take pressure off the carpal tunnels during everyday movements.
- Improve range of motion — With manual therapy and stretches designed to mobilize the wrist joints, a physical therapist can help relieve immobility and stiffness.
- Fix postural issues — By assessing the way you hold your wrists during activities like typing, a physical therapist can recommend improvements in wrist positioning.
- Make lifestyle changes — By becoming educated on ergonomics, taking frequent breaks and using treatments like an ice pack or a wrist brace, you can take a more active role in everyday carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.
To help you achieve the long-term relief you deserve, it’s important to find a physical therapist whom you can build an effective relationship with.
Find carpal tunnel relief with the team at Continuum Wellness
At your initial appointment with one of our experienced and caring therapists, we’ll work with you to identify and address the root causes of your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. We’re committed to giving the people who come to us for relief the exceptional care they deserve.
Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.