The nerves in our body sometimes travel through and find themselves pressed between, bones, tendons, or ligaments. In some cases, this can cause nerve compression.
Also called compression neuropathy or entrapment neuropathy (or sometimes a trapped nerve), the condition can be mild and passing – such as when your hands or arms “fall asleep” from sleeping on them. You’ll wake with a tingling sensation, but after a short amount of time, the effect will pass.
Sometimes the condition is longer lasting and may be the result of a repetitive motion. Often massage therapists suffer from compression neuropathy, due to the amount of stress being put on their arm muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The three major nerves that pass through the arm and fall subject to nerve compression conditions are:
- Median Nerve – leading to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Radial Nerve – leading to Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Ulnar Nerve – leading to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
The following blog is about Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which is a condition that massage therapists should know about for their own safety and health.
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“Nerve pain in the hand is a common complaint for clients but can also be an occupational challenge for massage practitioners. The most common cause of nerve compression symptoms in the upper extremity is carpal tunnel syndrome. However, other upper extremity nerve compression problems exist and are frequently overshadowed by it.
One such problem that warrants more attention is compression of the ulnar nerve in the posterior elbow region. This is a condition known as cubital tunnel syndrome. Surprisingly, this condition is not discussed very often in massage therapy literature, yet it is the second most common upper extremity entrapment neuropathy; second only to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you or one of your clients are experiencing neurological sensations in the hand, it’s crucial to not make assumptions and explore the symptoms more thoroughly.”