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Carpal Tunnel Massage

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  • 1. Carpal Tunnel Massage By: Jamie Gilbrech
  • 2. What is carpal tunnel? Pain or numbness that affects some part of the median nerve distribution of the hand. It affects the palmar side of the thumb, the index finger, the radial half of the ring finger, and the radial half of the palm, and its may also radiate into the arm.
  • 3. Benefits Of A Massage
    • Its helps ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome
    • It gives you more endurance in your hands
    • Helps ease the pain of achy muscles even if you don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome
                                   
  • 4. Muscles Benefited by Massage
    • Abductor Digiti Minimi
    • Dorsal Interossei
    • Flexor Digiti
    • Lumbricals
    • Opponens Digiti Minimi
    • Palmar Interossei
  • 5. Muscles cont.
    • Abductor Pollicis Brevis
    • Abductor Pollicis Longus
    • Adductor Pollicis
    • Extensor Pollicis Brevis
    • ExtensorPollicis Longus
    • Pronator Quadratus
    • Pronator Teres
  • 6. Items You Will Need
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Two Small Hand Towels
    • Massage Lotion or Oil
                                      
  • 7. Techniques Used
    • Popsicling
    • Kneading
    • Compression
    • Skin Rolling
    • Friction
    • Tapotement
  • 8. How It’s Performed
  • 9.
    • Sanitize your hands and table
    • Place one towel under the clients elbow, and one under the clients hand
    • Ground yourself- place your hands on the clients arm and let your hands naturally warm their skin
    • Begin to “chew” their muscles with your hands
                                                  
  • 10.
    • Dab some lotion in your hand and begin petrissage (rubbing the skin lightly, but with some force)
    • Gently pull each of the clients fingers one by one, while rubbing the base of their fingers in small circles (this is called “popsicling”)
    • With their fingers interlocked in yours, perform deep, but still gentle, circles in the palm of the clients hand
    • Do petrissage back up the arm to the elbow (apply more lotion if needed)
  • 11.
    • Lift the clients hand up off of the towel, with their elbow resting on the other
    • With your hands around their wrist, firmly hold it with one hand, and run the thumb of the other wrist down the inside of their arm (this should cause the fingers to automatically open if the hand is closed in a fist)
    • Lay the hand gently back down on the towel, and using the first two fingers (with the middle on top of the index) move back and forth, in small quick movements (this is called vibration-a form of tapotement)
    • Ground yourself by placing both hands on the clients arm
  • 12. Where I learned this technique
    • INDIANA BUSINESS COLLEGE