Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers (particularly the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers). These symptoms are the result of pressure on the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passageway (called the carpal tunnel) from the wrist to the hand. The median nerve provides sensation to the palm side of the hand and allows mobility of the thumb. Inflammation in the wrist or forearm (pronator teres) can entrap the median nerve, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
To treat carpal tunnel syndrome, manual therapies may include one, or a combination of, the following: