What is carpal tunnel syndrome?  Carpal tunnel is shown at the time when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or catches the wrist. Let’s put ourselves, median nerve originates in the middle lateral root and root brachial plexus roots bring these axons of C6, C7, C8 i T1 neck. Then the nerve leaves the armpit and goes to the medial region of the anterior compartment, reaches the elbow and placed between the tendons of the biceps muscle.


Forearm down the midline between the long flexor muscles of the thumb and the deep flexor of the fingers. Wrist through the carpal tunnel between pods flexor muscles, until you reach the palm where it divides into braincase terminals. The median nerve controls sensations to the back of the fingers (excluding the little finger) and impulses of some muscles of the hand, especially those that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and the carpal bones of the hand, which contains the median nerve and tendons of the flexor muscles. Inflammation of the tendons irritated narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve compression. The result may be pain, numbness, weakness or numbness of the hand and wrist, being able to radiate the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the radial half of the ring. Sometimes also, it affects the path of the nerve at the arm and forearm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common neuropathy in manual professionals.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

During the day, the symptoms usually occur in the morning to perform activities of daily life like driving, pick up the phone, and hold the fork, etc. can radiate pain throughout the arm, but is usually located at the level of the palm side wrist. Finally, the motor symptoms usually affect the opposing muscles and short abductor of the thumb, the first and second numerical (intrinsic hand muscles). These muscles have atrophy, hindering the realization of various exercises manual fine as picking up a cup, sewing, use a fork, etc.

STC treatment with manual therapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be initiated by an overload of the musculature of the arm or forearm, or cervical musculature compressing the median nerve or because of a compression of cervical nerve root level. We opted for conservative treatment manual therapy, osteopathy, aerodynamics before moving on to invasive treatment surgery to widen the carpal tunnel. Whereas surgery is to widen the carpal tunnel can first try to reduce the overload peripheral structures muscle tendon decompress the nerve roots, joints, etc and trying to avoid surgery.