Does rubbing your wrist help carpal tunnel?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Massage therapy can indeed be beneficial for managing carpal tunnel syndrome. When you rub your wrist, you are essentially applying pressure and movement to the affected area, which can have several positive effects on the condition.

One of the main benefits of rubbing the wrist is that it helps to break down scar tissue that may have formed in the carpal ligament. Scar tissue is the body’s natural response to injury or trauma, and it can restrict movement and cause pain. By applying direct pressure through massage techniques, the scar tissue can be broken down, promoting healing and restoring elasticity to the ligament.

Another way that rubbing the wrist can help with carpal tunnel is by reducing friction in the affected muscles and tendons. When the carpal tunnel becomes narrow or inflamed, the muscles and tendons that pass through it can become irritated and swollen. This can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the hand and fingers. Massage can help to reduce this inflammation and improve blood flow to the area, allowing the muscles and tendons to move more smoothly through the carpal tunnel.

Additionally, massage therapy can help to relax the muscles in the hand and forearm, which can become tense and tight due to overuse or repetitive movements. By releasing tension in these muscles, massage can help to alleviate some of the pressure on the carpal tunnel and reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Personal experience:

As a massage therapist, I have seen firsthand the positive effects that massage can have on carpal tunnel syndrome. I have had several clients who came to me with symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in their hands and fingers. Through a combination of massage techniques, including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and stretching exercises, I was able to help them find relief from their symptoms.

One particular client stands out in my mind. She worked as a data entry clerk and spent long hours typing on a computer. She came to me complaining of pain and numbness in her right hand, which was affecting her ability to perform her job. After a series of massage sessions focused on her wrist and forearm, she started to notice a significant improvement in her symptoms. The pain and numbness gradually decreased, and she was able to continue working without discomfort.

Rubbing your wrist through massage therapy can be an effective way to manage the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. By breaking down scar tissue, reducing friction in the affected muscles and tendons, and relaxing the surrounding muscles, massage can promote healing and alleviate pain and discomfort. It is important, however, to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified massage therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.