id you know that there are 20 muscles in the forearm alone? When it comes to thinking about the muscles that perform a grip, we usually only think about the hand. While there are many muscles in the hand, many of the muscles that control the hands and fingers are in the forearm.
In my experience, not many people know they should take care of their forearms. Before becoming a massage therapist, I did not think about the muscles in my forearms when it came to my self-care. How many people do you know that workout who actually take the time to stretch their forearms? Very few, I am guessing. Now, think about those of us who use their arms and hands for a living that don’t stretch them at all! This can lead to a very common condition, that almost everyone has heard of, called carpal tunnel syndrome.
So what is carpal tunnel syndrome? Most people know that it is a condition where people feel pain, numbness, tingling, and even weakness in their wrists and hands. Many of us associate this condition with those who do a lot of typing. This is true, however, it can affect people with many different jobs. Getting to the nitty-gritty of carpal tunnel syndrome – it is compression of one of the three major nerves that run down the arm into the palm, called the median nerve. As this nerve passes a large ligament, called the transverse carpal ligament, it can often be compressed through this opening, leading to symptoms in the palm, thumb, and first three fingers.