Which came first, stress or carpal tunnel syndrome? While stressed we tend to assume a tense posture, slumped forward, tight jaw and hunched shoulders. Such tense and awkward postures repeated often can result in carpal tunnel symptoms. Of course, carpal tunnel pain is quite stressful in and of itself. One of the best ways to heal carpal tunnel syndrome is to learn to relax and to learn to hold your body in a well balanced posture.
Will it surprise you to know that your lower neck plays a vital role with the pained nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome? Manipulations of the neck, spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist can release pressure on that nerve. Additionally, ultrasound, massage and muscle stimulation techniques also promote relaxation. Once the chronic pain is reduced, a regular exercise program will further promote healing and improve strength and range of motion.