Woo Hoo!! Over 550,000 Views of this website!

Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief Now, as of today, has over 550,000 views!  That's good and bad. 

It's bad because that means there are a lot of people with different types of hand, finger, wrist, and arm pain.  :(   

It's good because it means people want to feel better naturally.  :)

If you are looking for "carpal tunnel pain relief" you have some options:

1.  There is a whole program to help you feel better and right now, it's only $97.  You can find out more here:  Carpal Tunnel Natural Pain Relief Program

2.  I offer health and wellness coaching for those who want to take advantage.  Contact me at Kathryn at Simple Pain Relief dot com.  (Just write it as an email address.)

3.  You can keep looking on your own.  There's lots of great information out there.  You just have to decide which is actually true and legitimate and which will actually help you with your situation.

4.  You can check out the Categories here and take and use the information that seems most useful to you.   I'd probably start with Self-Help and Causes.  There are over 300 posts and hopefully some of them may be just what you are looking for--or close to it.

My goal is to help people get rid of their hand and wrist pain naturally, without surgery.   

Is it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?  Sometimes.  But lots of times it's not and the symptoms in your hand and wrist can go away when you understand the causes and how to get rid of them naturally!

Let me know how I can help.  Thank you!

Kathryn Merrow, The Pain Relief Coach

Carpal Tunnel and Frozen Shoulder--Are These Two Syndromes Related?

Are frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndromes related?  Can they heal naturally, without surgery?

Here's part of a question I received:

"I've both tendonitis AND/OR carpal tunnel along with Frozen shoulder, all stemming from a repetitive stress job related injury, slowly progressed into the Frozen shoulder.

It's been 6 mos now and it's all gotten better but get flare ups now on the forearms, and fingers sometimes tingle and lightly numb and top of thumbs get painful but worst right now is probably the Frozen Shoulder pain. Is this normal I've not healed yet although was on modified duty and now laid off a month?

I'm told the MRI and Nerve Conduction tests are NEGATIVE.

Will I heal from these?

The bone Dr. says my next option is shoulder manipulation (under Anesthesia), followed by more phys. ther. before and after."

Here's my response:

As I understand the procedure, while the patient is under anesthesia, the doctor forcefully moves the shoulder to break up adhesions or restrictions in the joint and stretch the muscles and tendons (tendons are muscle attachments.) This is no doubt an expensive procedure and may be covered by your insurance. The other option is to find a neuromuscular massage therapist who can manually manipulate the muscles around the shoulder to cause them to relax.

There may be massage therapists with other training who can also do this work but I am most familiar with Paul St. John-trained NMT or neurosomatic massage therapists. This may only take a few sessions.

One of my clients who had his frozen shoulders treated both under anesthesia and manually said the manual treatment was the way to go. He said as soon as the manual (hands on/massage) treatment was done, the discomfort was gone as well as the symptoms. He said there was a period of discomfort during recovery from the medical procedure. There are NMT massage therapists who treat the muscles of the shoulder girdle, rotator cuff, neck muscles that cause hand and arm pain, arm and chest muscles.

Those muscles can all become 'too tight' and press on nerves (which causes symptoms) or develop trigger points (which cause pain in arms and hands.) Once those muscles are released (relaxed) your symptoms will go away and you can keep them that way with appropriate stretches and by using good working positions as much as possible. I believe in my heart that you will heal.

Do everything you can to support your muscles: eat healthy, drink lots of water, take a vitamin-mineral supplement if you wish, and look for a therapist who practices the type of massage/manual therapy I mentioned above. You can also use heat on your upper chest, front of your arm (your whole arm if you feel like it,) and around your shoulder. I suggest cold packs on your neck. If heat makes you feel a little worse, that's a clue to switch to cold. Do little movements in all directions with your shoulders to help the muscles relax. Note: Frozen shoulders often do get better on their own within two years at the most.

Years and years ago, before I got into this field, I had a frozen shoulder. A physical therapist did physical manipulation (without benefit of warming with 'real' massage first.)

They did some ultrasound first, which was supposed to warm the area (I have serious doubts about that) and then the physical therapist forced the shoulder to stretch it while I was awake. It hurt so much that I got tears in my eyes but only during the procedure. It took several sessions since no one warmed or relaxed the muscles first. Now, I would always choose a skilled massage therapist who knows how to release those muscles as my treatment of choice.

Kathryn Merrow,The Pain Relief Coach

Best Supplements for Wrist and Hand Joint Health

When you suffer from carpal tunnel pain, or pain in any of the hand and wrist joints, there's a possibility that you have a deficiency in minerals or vitamins that support your joints and muscles.

Today we have a guest post by Victoria Cunningham just to give you a change of pace from what I usually write about carpal tunnel pain relief.

Here's Victoria's article:

Best Supplements For Wrist And Hand Joint Health

Out of the many bodily functions we must watch over as modern, health-conscious consumers, wrist and joint support is one area that often gets lost in the shuffle. This is an unfortunate reality, since a deficiency in the chemicals that facilitate the smooth movements of joints can lead to some very common complaints, including carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. If you are trying to beat either of these complaints off at the pass or counteract them, these are some nutrients you should surely stock up on—and where to get them. 320px-Untreated_Carpal_Tunnel_Syndrome

Vitamin B6

Regardless of your current health condition, B6 is one vitamin you should ensure your suggested intake of. First of all, B6 is one of the body’s key resources for growing healthy nerve tissue, and at the same time, it reduces overall bodily inflammation. Furthermore, B6 is an essential precursor of the chemical GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, which—much like endorphins—is a natural way of regulating the way the stimuli we experience are translated into feeling pain.

In other words, boosting GABA levels will make carpal tunnel or arthritis a lot more manageable. Note that B6 is one of the vitamins than can be harmful if you take too much of them, so be sure to never ingest more than 200 mg per day, no matter what your current pain levels may be.


MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a chemical through which the body can

Continue reading "Best Supplements for Wrist and Hand Joint Health" »

Does Repetitive Movement Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain?

I have seen studies that say, no, repetitive movement doesn't cause pain in the carpal tunnel area.  But there wasn't enough information for me to know the position and posture of the subjects in the study.

If they were all using ergonomic equipment that fit them well, and if they were young, healthy and in good muscular balance, well, that's one story. 

However, if the subjects were regular, every day people--a little too short, too heavy, too tall with arms that are too short for their bodies or who have poor posture or poorly fitting work stations--well, that's a whole different story!

Those things are likely to cause pain and dysfunction all by themselves but throw in repetitive motion for eight or ten hours and you have the makings of hand pain!  Probably neck and head pain, too.

What's the solution since you can't quit your job?

1.  Create the most ergonomic work station for yourself possible.  Prop you, your feet, your monitor or keyboard into the positions that keep you in neutral postures and positions.  Think 90 degree angles for your knees, hips and elbows.  Use a lower back support behind your waist (a towel will do) to support your posture.

2.  Stretching aggravates the nerves and muscles in your arm, upper body and neck.  When they are aggravated, guess what they do?  You got it.  Pain in the carpal tunnel area!  Keep your elbows as close as possible to your waist when you are at a keyboard or desk.

3.  Do you use a mouse?  You can center it in front of your keyboard or you can switch it to the other side of the keyboard.  It really does take only a couple of days to adapt to the new mouse position.  And mix it up--you don't always have to use the mouse in the same place.

Remember to keep your wrist straight, neither bent nor tilted.  And if you are carrying a few extra pounds, it's probably a good idea to eat lots of crunchy snacks...as long as they are green or red and grew in the ground.  :)

If you use good body positioning you will be lots less likely to have carpal tunnel pain regardless of your shape or size.


Why Do Cashiers Get Wrist and Hand Pain?

Cashiers do a lot of picking up and handling items and they do it for hours and hours a day.  Sometimes they get pain in their hands and wrists.  What can they do to get rid of that pain?

Well, it's important to know that your fingers have tendons.  The tendon is the end of the muscle that attaches to your bones.  And your finger tendons attach on your arm waaaay up toward your elbow!

So you are feeling the pain in your hand and wrist.  And the muscles in your hand can be over-worked and need attention but guess where the biggest culprits are?

In your lower arms!

Those finger tendons and the muscles in your lower arms are causing the pain around your hands and wrists.  What to do?

You can rub, massage or use cold packs on all sides of your lower arms all the way up to your elbows.

If your opposite hand is too tired or painful to use to apply pressure to the other hand, try this:

1.  Support one arm on a table top.  Use your opposite forearm to provide a pressure massage.  Just glide your forearm up and down on all the sides of your forearm that you can reach.  You can stop and apply direct pressure to any areas that are the most tender.

You will probably be very surprised at how tight and uncomfortable those finger tendons and arm muscles are when you massage them.

2.  Or you can massage your arms with a tennis ball or similar ball.  Hold it in one palm with your fingers open and wrist straight and roll it on your opposite arm.

Massaging your lower arms and hands will help the muscles relax. 

Stretching your arms and fingers in the opposite direction of your usual position is very good to do, too.

If you notice that you are twisting your wrist as your lift items, make every effort to stop the twisting.  That can really aggravate muscles around your wrist.

Look for the Categories on the right hand side of this page for Self Help and Videos.  You will find lots of helpful information to help you get rid of the pain in your hands and wrists.






Strengthen Your Hands Wisely To Get Rid Of Pain In Your Hands

Will your hand pain go away if you strengthen your hands?

The reason that you have pain in your wrists and hands may be because of muscle imbalance.  That means that some of your muscles are stronger and some (usually on the opposite side) are weaker.

Since you usually hold your hands in a closed or semi-closed position, the muscles on the palm side of your hand tend to get short and tight.  The muscles on the back side of your hand tend to become stretched and lose tone.

This applies to your lower arms, too.  Some muscles get short and tight and some lose tone.  Your goal is to keep ALL of your muscles in use and balanced.

Strengthening your hands will keep the muscles on the palm side of your arm short.  That is NOT the effect you want.  You are after muscular balance all the way around your arm.

You might not have realized it but hand pain is very often caused by muscles in the lower arms. 

Feel and press around one of your arms between your elbow and wrist.  Are there tight, tender areas?  Those just may be the places that are causing your hand pain.

How can you get balanced muscles?

1.  Massage ALL of them, either yourself or professionally.  (See the "Massage Category" on the right hand side of this page.) Spend extra time on knotty areas.

2.  Stretch the tighter, shorter muscles on the palm side of your arm.  You can tell which muscles need stretching when you stretch them.  Does it feel like it's stretching?  Then it needs it.

3.  Strengthen the muscles that don't get much use.  They might feel tight or tender, too, but they don't have much strength.  Long, strong muscles are the goal.

The reason that physical therapy often fails is because it tries to strengthen muscles before they have been returned to their neutral positions.  Once the muscles in your hands and arms are "neutralized" with massage or stretching only then it is time to begin a strengthening program to get rid of your carpal tunnel pain.

When the muscles in your hands and arms are all in balance and working in harmony again you will be rid of the pain in your hands.

Stretching Gets Rid Of Carpal Tunnel Pain!

Stretching gets rid of carpal tunnel pain and I can prove it!

Well, it might not get rid of every single case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because there are several causes for pain in your wrist, hand and arm (You will find them in the Causes Category here at Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief.) 

But here's a great success story that happens all the time:

The woman who cleans the office building where I work told me a month or so ago that she was developing "carpal tunnel syndrome" and so was her friend because her friend had the same, exact symptoms!

She told me the symptoms were pain and tingling in her hand and wrist and then, she said, "It travels up my arm."  I explained that more likely it was traveling DOWN her arm.  She carries the trash, vacuums the floors and is always using her arm and chest muscles.

You have muscles in your arms.  They can get tight.  They DO get tight.  (And so can the muscles in your hands.)

When muscles tighten up they press on nerves.  Then you will get carpal tunnel-like symptoms in your hands, wrists and arms.  Nerves don't like pressure like that so they cause symptoms.

How should you stretch for carpal tunnel pain?

I showed her how to stretch.  Guess in which

Continue reading "Stretching Gets Rid Of Carpal Tunnel Pain!" »

Carpal Tunnel Diet

Hmmm.  So what do I know about diet for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?  I know this:

1.  Being overweight causes pressure in the tissues in your wrist.  Losing weight will reduce the pressure.  Your doctor will not trust you to lose weight so he will offer surgery.  (But I do trust you.)

2.  An unhealthy typical American-style diet can make you very sick.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will be one of the least of your worries.

What you eat matters.  There are foods and additives that actually cause pain.  Here are a couple of articles about diet for you:



I find that the simplest way not to eat "junk" is not to buy it.  If I don't bring it home I won't eat it. 

Sometimes it's a challenge not to stop and pick up something--marshmallows, ice cream or fast food--but I KNOW in my heart that those things do NOT promote health and that makes it a bit easier to avoid them.

In a nutshell (nuts are healthy) here's how to shop:

1.  Shop the outside aisles of the store.  That's where the fresh foods, meat, dairy, eggs and butter are.  The processed foods that come from manufacturing plants tend to be on the inside aisles.

2.  Did I say 'butter'?  You bet!  Real butter is very satisfying and much closer to real food than margarine or 'spreads' are.  There are other healthy fats, too:  coconut, avocado and olive oil.

3.  Eat for color:  fruits and vegetables, as many as you want, including potatoes.

4.  Eggs.  Those little powerhouses are packed with protein and nutrients to help your muscles feel and function better. 

5.  Sea salt has minerals.  Bodies need minerals.

6.  Taking a potent multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is a good idea, too.

7.  Muscles need water to function properly and to flush metabolic wastes from tissues.

If you look at the foods in #1-7, you will realize that there's a lot of stuff there to choose from.  If you only eat from that list, you won't have room to eat much that is NOT good for you!  :)

And you will lose weight.

When you eat satisfying, healthy fats your body will feel full longer.  When you give your body the nutrients it needs--protein, vitamins, minerals, water, healthy fats--cravings can stop.

Now YOU know what I know about a diet for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.


Do Muscles Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Do you really have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?  Or are out-of-balance muscles and myofascial trigger points causing the pain in your hands and wrists? 

A good way to determine whether people have true CTS is by symptoms. Symptoms are what you feel, like pain or tingling.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has specific symptoms but many doctors diagnose any pain in the hand and wrist as CTS.

Nerves can be trapped by bones or by muscles anywhere from your neck to your hand.

When nerve entrapment or compression occurs someplace other than the wrist (carpal tunnel) carpal tunnel surgery will fail.

Surgery at the wrist can only make more space at that location for the nerve. But if the nerve is being pinched anywhere from the neck to the lower arm, surgery at the wrist won't help.

Additionally, myofascial trigger points are medically documented areas of hypertonicity (tightness) in fascia and muscles that actually cause pain elsewhere. Trigger points can occur in the upper body and they can cause pain in your wrist and hand and arm.

About half of the patients who have "successful" carpal tunnel surgeries begin

Continue reading "Do Muscles Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?" »

How To Find A Massage Therapist Who Can Help You Get Rid Of Your Carpal Tunnel Pain

Perhaps you have already seen a massage therapist for your carpal tunnel pain.  Maybe it helped or maybe it didn't.

If your massage did not help much, you will learn how to select a massage therapist who can make a difference with your carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you haven't tried massage yet for your hand, wrist and arm pain (or any other pains) this article will help you select the best massage therapist in your area for your situation.

Can massage therapy help carpal tunnel pain?  Absolutely, yes!

IF a massage professional has a good working knowledge of what causes pain in the carpal tunnel area, he or she can make a world of difference to you!

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often misdiagnosed by doctors.  Most of them didn't learn much about about muscles when they were in school (neither did we, right?) and so when they see a patient who has complaints of discomfort in the wrist, hand and arm, the doctor will often think, "It must be carpal tunnel syndrome."

Maybe it is carpal tunnel syndrome and maybe it's not. 

It's more likely that you

Continue reading "How To Find A Massage Therapist Who Can Help You Get Rid Of Your Carpal Tunnel Pain" »

Pain On The Palm Side Of Your Thumb And Pain at The Wrist Joint On The Palm

Pain in your wrist and thumb? Does your pain pattern look like the red speckled areas in this picture? If so, it's an easy fix.  What's the easy fix? 

See the X?  The X is a trigger point.  It's the culprit that is causing the pain in your thumb and wrist.  (If your wrist pain is different than the picture different muscles will be at fault.)

So how can you get rid of this pain?  Press the trigger point.  Press it with a thumb or knuckle or even with your elbow (but not too hard with your elbow.)  You can also press with a rounded-tip tool.  You want enough pressure that it's quite uncomfortable.  Too little pressure won't relax the trigger point.  Too much pressure will cause you to tense up.

And now you know how to simply and naturally get rid of pain in your wrist at the joint accompanied with pain in your thumb.



A Common Misunderstanding About Carpal Tunnel Pain

A housekeeper was explaining her 'carpal tunnel pain.'  She said she had two friends who had also just developed the same pain.

"It starts here."  She pointed to her hand. "And then it starts going up my arm.  My friends have the same symptoms."

You have it backward, I said. 

I'll bet it started here (I pointed to her lower arm) when those muscles got tight because you work so hard.  And those tight muscles in your arm are causing the pain in your hand. 

You just felt it first in your hand, I said.  That's called a symptom.

Often we don't feel the muscles that are causing symptoms.  We just feel the symptoms

And those sneaky litle symptoms lie all the time!

But symptoms are clues.  They tell us that something is happening to cause the pain.

Here's how bodies work:  Pain generally travels downward. 

Pain in your hand can be caused by muscles in your hand.  Or your lower arm.  Or your upper arm.  Or your chest, shoulder or upper back muscles.

Pain in your hand can even be caused by muscles in your neck.

But pain in your hand, wrist or arm that doesn't mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome.  Hand pain is often misunderstood and mis-diagnosed, even by doctors.

The tendons from the finger muscles run way up toward your elbow.  And you have fairly large muscles in your lower arm.  When those muscles are overworked or tight, they press on the tendons.  They cause symptoms.

What's the solution for your 'carpal tunnel pain'?

For a few minutes, stop vacuuming or doing whatever job makes you use the muscles in your lower arm so much.  Take a break.

And while you are giving the muscles in your lower arm a break, massage those babies.  They need it! :)



Ten Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief Strategies For Office Workers & Typists

Here are ten great tips for office workers, typists and keyboardists to help prevent or eliminate pain in your carpal tunnel area:

1.  Keep your elbows as comfortably close to your waist as possible when you are working at a desk or table.  Reach when you have to, not out of habit.

2.  Use a chair and desk or tray that fits you.  Your ankles, knees, hips and elbows should all be at about 90 degree angles when you are seated.  Use a lumbar support or your own muscles to sit upright and hold your head over your spine.

3.  Keep your wrists straight when you type.  Pretend your wrists are extensions of your arms without joints.  Let your wrists “float” above the keyboard.

4.  Get strong muscles and a balanced body by taking classes in tai chi, core strengthening or yoga.  A strong back makes a happy body.  A happy body does not have carpal tunnel pain.

5.  Open up!  Stretch frequently in the opposite direction of the position you are usually in.  Our muscles get shortened and stuck in the positions we use the most, unless we take care to do the opposite movements on a regular basis. 

6.  Feed your brain and body.  Improve the quality of food you eat and/or take a really good vitamin and mineral supplement.  A body that gets all the nutrients it needs feels better, functions better and can recover faster from injury.

7.  Use a speakerphone, headset or ear buds to avoid an aggravated neck which will cause pain in your carpal tunnel area as well as headaches and other complaints.

8.  Get rubbed the right way.  Have a professional massage or do it your self.  Massage gets blood flowing through tight tissues in your hands, wrists and arms, promotes muscle health and boosts your immune system.

9.  Do things differently.  We have several hundred muscles and most of us use only the same sixty+ most of the day.  Hold your pen between your first and middle fingers.  Mouse with your other hand.  Sleep on the opposite side of the bed.

10. Improve your breathing.  When you breathe full and long and deep, you exercise and release muscles around your neck, ribs and shoulders.  Those muscles are attached to your arms.  More beneficial oxygen reaches your cells and that includes the cells in your hands, wrists and arms.

When you take care of your body, muscles and arms with these ten strategies you can get rid of your carpal tunnel pain naturally!

What Are The Best Stretches To Get Rid Of Carpal Tunnel Pain?

What are the best stretches to get rid of carpal tunnel pain or pain in your hands from repetitive movements?

  • First off, think about the movements that you do the most.  What do you do with your arms and hands on a regular basis?
  • Second, do movements in the opposite direction

I'm not being silly here.  I'm serious.

Any movement that we do often enough--without doing the opposite movement to balance our muscles--will cause hand pain or carpal tunnel symptoms by and by.

It's all about muscle balance.

Did you know that muscles are the most common cause of all hand pain?  In fact, muscles are the leading cause of aches and pains all over our bodies!

If you usually work with your hands in a palm-down position, take breaks to turn your hands palm up.

If you work with your hands bent downward, bend them upward.  Give the muscles a break by stretching them in the opposite direction.

If you do a lot of twisting motions, stop it.  You will have to think of a different way. 

For instance, if you rip open packaging with a twisting movement, use scissors instead.  Or use your whole arm instead of just your twisty-wrist.  Keep your wrist straight while your arm turns.

Most of the time your arms and hands and head are out in front while you work.  That makes the muscles in the front of your body get short.  They pull on your head and shoulders.

If you develop 'forward head' posture from all those short muscles in the front of your body--and especially if you also have rounded forward shoulders--the nerves and blood vessels in your neck near your collar bone can be compressed.  That causes carpal tunnel symptoms.

So the muscles you would like to stretch are the muscles in the front of your body and your arms.  They are the 'bad guys' who are giving you carpal tunnel grief.

Well, they aren't really bad.  They just

Continue reading "What Are The Best Stretches To Get Rid Of Carpal Tunnel Pain?" »

What Is The Best Type Of Massage For Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief?

What's the best type of massage for carpal tunnel pain? 

Oh, you didn't know there are different types of massage?  There surely are!

Massage techniques range all the way from extremely light to very deep.  Techniques used depend on the training, skill level and temperment of the therapist.  And just like anything else, some therapists are very skilled and understand how to get rid of carpal tunnel symptoms and some don't.

What type of carpal tunnel massage would I recommend?

I would love it if you could get trigger point therapy or neuromuscular massage therapy or neurosomatic massage.  The last two are taught to therapists by Paul St. John who practices in Florida.  There are other good neuromuscular trainers, too.

If you look for a therapist, interview them first on the phone or in person and see if what they say sounds right to you.  They should tell you they will check and probably treat the muscles in your neck and chest and arm (not just your hand and wrist.)

If I went to a massage therapist who said they treat carpal tunnel syndrome and they only worked around my hand and wrist or gave me a general relaxation massage I would not pay them!

Here's how to find a massage therapist who can help you get rid of your carpal tunnel pain.


Why do your neck and upper body need treatment, too? 

Side sleepers jam their shoulder into the nerves that come from the neck and go to the arm and hand.  That's how side sleeping can be involved with hand pain.  That's why neck muscles must be examined, too. 

Slouching and hiking shoulders when working on the computer or other projects can cause neck/nerve involvement, too.

So the best type of massage for carpal tunnel pain relief is:

1.  Applied by a massage therapist who

Continue reading "What Is The Best Type Of Massage For Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief?" »

Most Common Medical Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief

What's the most common medical treatment for carpal tunnel pain relief?

I wish I could tell you that all doctors know a lot about how bodies work.  I wish I could say they all understand that muscles are the most common cause of carpal tunnel pain.  Some do.

Only some.  Sigh.

Bodies are really logical and when we have pain it is because of something we did...or didn't do.  So it makes sense that we take care of whatever caused the carpal tunnel symptoms in the first place. 

At least it makes sense to me.

Here's what the Mayo Clinic website says is appropriate treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

  • Splint or brace.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Corticosteroid injections.
  • Carpal tunnel release surgery.

Perhaps those may be the most appropriate treatment for carpal tunnel pain IF it's truly Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  And a brace can really help if you are doing too much bending of the wrist at work or during sleep. 

And IF there is so much swelling in the carpal tunnel that nerve damage may be permanent surgery may be the answer.  Sometimes. 

But pain in the hand, fingers, thumb, wrist and arm is most often caused by muscles pressing on nerves, by being overweight or by trigger points in muscles.  The muscles that cause arm and hand pain can be anywhere from your neck to your hand.

There may be doctors who will send you to physical therapy to help balance your muscles.  That's good.

And there may be doctors who prescribe losing weight or taking Vitamin B6 because B6 deficiency can also be a cause of carpal tunnel pain.  That's good treatment, too.  I like

Continue reading "Most Common Medical Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief" »

Pain In Your Upper Arm, Your Arm And Hand Pain--Is It Carpal Tunnel Pain?

Muscle That Causes Hand and Arm Pain
Infraspinatis Muscles Causes Arm and Hand Pain

Do you have pain in your upper arm near the shoulder on the front and the back side of your arm?

Do you also have pain that runs from your shoulder down to your hand?  Some people think the pain runs up to the shoulder.

If the painful area in your arm and hand looks a lot like the red areas on this picture you are in luck!

You are in luck because this might be a very easy fix for you. :-)

The darker red in the illustration shows areas of the most discomfort.  The lighter, stippled red spots are areas of discomfort but not as severe.

The "X's" on the back side of the body indicate trigger points.

What are trigger points?  They are very irritable places in muscles that cause pain elsewhere.  And they are responsible for most pain in hands and wrists.

So trigger

Continue reading "Pain In Your Upper Arm, Your Arm And Hand Pain--Is It Carpal Tunnel Pain?" »

Why Do People Get Carpal Tunnel Pain In Their Hands, Wrists And Arms?

There are natural laws which determine whether or not we will have carpal tunnel pain.  If we "break" those laws and do things that our body doesn't like we will develop symptoms like pain, tingling or numbness. 

Sometimes those symptoms will include pain in the hand, arm and wrist.

But if you "follow" those natural laws, you will have less pain.

These laws state that if you do one thing, something else will happen.  It's cause and effect.

Let's say you drop a glass.  It reacts.  It chips or it breaks.  Bodies are the same.

Let's say you eat lots of junk food.  Your body doesn't like it.  It's not getting the nutrition it needs and it's getting chemicals it does NOT need.  So your body reacts.  It gives you symptoms.  It seems to be broken.

But it can be healed!

It probably took a while for you to develop the discomfort in your arm, hand and wrist.  And it will take a little while for you to get rid of it.

But, the fewer aches and pains you have all over, the more quickly you will get rid of your carpal tunnel pain.  The happier the rest of your body is the happier your hand, wrist and arm will be!

Why Is This?

Because the natural laws of your body say that every little bit of pain you have will add on to all the other little bits of pain, until you have a lot of pain somewhere.  In your case, it's around your carpal tunnel.

Peeling off as many little layers and causes of pain or stress as possible will help reduce your overall pain and stress, including your carpal tunnel symptoms.

What Causes These Layers Of Pain?

They could be caused by tight muscles, out of balance posture, stressful relationships, work, stubbing your toe, a flat tire, a tight money situation, the dog bit you (again!) or too little sleep.  It could be anything. 

And they all add up, little by little, until you have major discomfort in your hand and wrist.

How Can You Peel Off Layers Of Pain Anywhere On Your Body?

  1. Using ice or heat
  2. massaging your short, tight muscles (most likely on the front side of your body, neck arms and legs) or having a massage
  3. learning relaxation techniques like breathing
  4. stretching the muscles in the front of your arms and body
  5. strengthening your back
  6. improving your nutrition
  7. improving your sleep
  8. practicing good posture with your chest lifted.

For More Information About Getting Rid Of Hand, Wrist And Arm Pain:

I'd like to invite you to learn about a really good program I created that can help you strengthen your back, correct your posture and start peeling off layers of pain to help get rid of your hand, wrist and arm pain.  For more information just claim the helpful free report at the top of this page.

What Do Experts Say About Massage Therapy For Carpal Tunnel Pain?

What DO experts say about massage for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Unfortunately, not much. 

Well, the alternative MD's often talk about the value of massage and well-trained massage therapists do because they can make a difference.

But most conventional MD's don't mention massage at all.  :-(   I know my doctor doesn't know a thing about the benefits of massage.  She thinks it's just some nice luxury.

How come?

It's not something that doctors learn in medical school.  I'm thinking this is especially true for the older doctors.  Many of the younger ones seem much more in touch with the benefits of massage.

An interview with an MD/hand surgeon did mention the value of good working posture and an ergonomic work station.  That was good.

But nowhere in the interview was massage mentioned at all.

I suppose this makes sense.  If the surgeon recommended massage he would lose a lot of business.

But perhaps the surgeon truly knows nothing about the benefits of massage for carpal tunnel pain.

Does Typing Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain?

Does typing or keyboarding cause carpal tunnel pain?  It sure is possible.  It all depends on how you hold yourself when you are working at the keyboard.

If you type with your wrists bent up OR down the muscles in your forearm get aggravated.  That means having your keyboard at a comfortable place.

What's a comfortable place?

  • Your arms should hang straight down from your shoulders toward your waist. Your elbows should be as close to your waist as possible.
  • Your hands should be straight out from your elbows.  Do you know what a 90 degree angle is?  The bend in your elbow should be that or slightly more open.
  • Your wrists should be straight as though they are part of your arm.

You may have to adjust the height of your typing desk or chair or both in order to get your arms in this neutral position.

Why does working in a non-neutral position aggravate your arms?

Because your muscles are happiest when you work in a neutral position.  Bodies are built to work and move in certain ways and sometimes we curl our arms and backs and necks into horrid postures!

Out of neutral = PAIN!

Aggravated muscles press on nerves and nerves get really crabby when that happens so they cause hand pain.  Aggravated muscles also develop

Continue reading "Does Typing Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain?" »

Small Movements Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain

A nurse wrote to a carpal tunnel pain forum wondering why she has pain in her hand.  She wondered if it is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Her doctors were confused by her symptoms.

Well, most doctors don't know much about muscles and pain because that's not what was taught in medical school.

But she recognized that when she gave injections her symptoms would get worse.  And she was giving 100 injections every day!

Any small repetitive movement that you do can cause hand and wrist and arm pain.

Another hospital employee who ripped open lots of bandage packages each day developed pain, too.

And gardeners who twist their wrist as they pull weeds can develop hand, wrist and arm pain, too.

Watch your lower arm when you pretend to do the little movement that you suspect may be causing your pain.

Do you see the muscle moving? Place your other arm firmly on the forearm of the affected arm. Can you feel the muscle moving when you do the little movement?  (If not, hold a little more tightly.)

Here's what I suspect: The muscle in your lower arm (located pretty much between mid-arm and elbow)is aggravated and it's causing your carpal tunnel-like symptoms.

Massage or cold therapy to the area will help the muscles relax.  Cold also reduces nervy pain.  Use these therapies on your whole lower arm and wrist rather than just on the wrist.

Whenever we have pain there is a reason.  Pain is your body telling you that you are doing something wrong.

In this case, think about the small movements you do just before your carpal tunnel pain kicks in.

"But I have to do it this way?"

Most of the time there are alternatives that won't aggravate your wrist pain.  In the case of ripping the bandage packages open, scissors worked. 

Pulling weeds?  Pull

Continue reading "Small Movements Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain" »

Does Clenching Your Hands In Your Sleep Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain

It's amazing that we can do things as we sleep to hurt ourselves.

If you sleep with your hands clenched tightly or your wrists all curled up it aggravates the muscles in your lower arm.  That can cause hand pain.

Sleeping with your hands in those positions can also compress the nerves and blood vessels that pass through your wrist as they travel from your arm to your hand.

What's the solution?

A brace that doesn't fit too tightly (you don't want to cut off your circulation) can help.  You still want to have some flexibility in your wrist but not allow it to curl or clench.

Wear the brace only at night so that you can use your hand and arm muscles during the day.

For some people, this is the cure!

Local drug stores usually sell wrist braces but if you cannot buy one you may be able to make your own.

Try this:

Put two sticks (tongue depressors, popsicle sticks or similar flat sticks) in an X.  Tape or somehow attach them at the center of the X. 

Place the X on your palm so one leg is straight from your arm and one crosses your palm sideways.  Then wrap the X with strips of cloth loosely to hold into place overnight. 

Don't make it tight!  You don't want to cut off circulation to your hand.  That would cause even more carpal tunnel pain.



What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by nerve compression in your wrist.  Here's how it works:

Nerves pass through the inside of your wrist between bones and ligaments (tough tissue.)  If there is not enough space for the nerves and blood vessels inside your wrist, they will be compressed or squeezed.  That causes uncomfortable symptoms.

So what causes the space inside the wrist to be too tight or small?

  • Weight gain is one culprit.  Losing weight helps get rid of symptoms.
  • Pregnancy is another.  After baby comes it generally goes away.
  • Diabetes is another cause and I hope your diabetes is being treated by a doctor.  Eating truly healthy can do a lot of good for this disease.
  • A broken wrist can cause symptoms if the bones press on nerves after injury.
  • A deficiency of Vitamin B6.

Lots of folks think Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by repetitive work or motion and sometimes maybe it is. 

I believe it's not so much the repetitive motion but

Continue reading "What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" »

Vitamin B6 Deficiency Causes Carpal Tunnel Pain

Carpal tunnel symptoms can be caused by a food dye called FD&C Yellow # 5.  Sometimes it's called just Yellow.  There are lots of artificial food colors and this is one that has been shown to interfere with absorption of Vitamin B6.

When we don't have enough of this particular B vitamin we get carpal tunnel-like symptoms around the wrist.  The cool thing is that we can get rid of the symptoms by increasing our B6 level.

You can do this by taking a good multivitamin-mineral supplement or a good B vitamin supplement.

And it helps a LOT if you stop eating foods that are laced with Yellow #5.

What foods have this chemical color?  Hold onto your hats!  TONS of them!

It's in everything from hot dog buns to candy to bread to cereal to fortune cookies to sports drinks.  It's sneaky.  It's in places you would never expect in a million years.

It's in things that aren't even yellow.

So what do you have to do? 

Read labels.  If there is any variation of Yellow dye in a product, put it back on the shelf!

I still enjoy cracking open my fortune cookie when I eat at my favorite Chinese restaurant but all I do is read my fortune. 

The cookie goes back on my plate.