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Physical Therapy Can Help Reduce Stress

There are varying levels of stress in daily life and the causes can be countless. The outcome and effect on the human body can also be damaging. Typical physical responses to stress can include tissue damage, inflammation, muscle tightness, increased fatigue, lack of sleep, and increased pain levels. Areas of the body affected by stress include your brain, heart, lungs, pancreas, joints, muscles, digestive system, and reproductive system. Managing stress, therefore, can involve learning techniques to change the external factors which confront you or improve the internal factors which strengthen your ability to manage challenges in the future. It is impossible to eliminate stress, but it c

Physical Therapy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Have you experienced a piercing pain shooting through your wrists and up your arms? You might have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a common condition that occurs when the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel. In other words, the nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. With the increasing usage of computers, cell phones and tablets, we are using our hands and wrists to communicate more. Because of this, the tendons in the wrists and hands become overused and cause increased discomfort in the wrist joint. The carpal tunnel consists of the median nerve and 8 tendons running through a protective sheath.

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