Carpal tunnel syndrome is a widely known entrapment neuropathy in which the body's peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.
It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. [The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (except the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.]
There is sometimes thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling in the wrist joint. This narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed.
Much pain, numbness and tingling is felt. Some severe cases may be prescribed surgery. Treating the cause however, not just the symptoms is the aim of bodywork such as Bowen therapy.
How can Bowen help carpal tunnel?
As the problem or cause of carpal tunnel is not the nerve itself, but the pressure on the nerve (due to a combination of factors such as repetitive movements or injury to the wrist), Bowen can have significant impact for healing.
As Bowen Therapy uses rolling movements along the fascia to help re-align any misalignments, release tension in the muscles, it also assists in reducing nerve pressure. Often the back and neck areas are addressed first to correct any imbalances with further treatments shifting the focus on the arm and forearm itself.
As well as Bowen Therapy, patients may be advised to adjust their activities to minimise strain on surrounding joints and overworked muscles.