What is Rolfing?
It is a type of deep-muscle massage that could help ease muscle tension. Rolfing for carpal tunnel, applies these same methods to the arms and wrists.
Even Dr.Oz (OPRAH's favorite doctor) recommends it for certain types of conditions which he describes the treatments as an "even deeper than a deep-tissue massage"
This technique was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf, a biochemist who was influenced by osteopathy, physical therapy, and yoga.
The purpose of Rolfing is to separate bound-up connective tissue (or fascia) which bind to the muscles.
Dr. Oz says, "Rolfing literally releases the joints...when you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller. A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you're supposed to live"
Carpal tunnel and Rolfing
Rolfing has typically been used to correct poor posture, muscle tension and pain, especially in the neck, upper back and low back. However, some Rolfers are using it to treat cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and give some patients carpal tunnel pain relief.
Remember your arms (upper extremities) are connected to your shoulders and neck. Poor posture in these areas over time may cause undo stress on your arms, elbows and wrists. Rolfing techniques may give you some carpal tunnel relief.
Like certain deep-massage methods, Rolfing for carpal tunnel usually causes some discomfort and pain when pressure is applied. Practitioners say this is a "reaction pain" that may be required when releasing tissue adhesions and correcting habitually poor posture or releasing adhesions around the median nerve and the carpal tunnel wrist area.
Ultimately many patients enjoy carpal tunnel pain relief with this method, especially when done in conjunction with other
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes
Carpal tunnel exercises
How CTS is diagnosed
CTS wrist braces