Another cause of numb or tingling hands can be tight scalene muscles. (If you are new to this site, start with the Home page because there can be other causes and you will be able to investigate them. By following the techniques in this site, you can take care of your problem, if it is caused by your work or hobby).
Tight scalene muscles can cause several problems.
(They do not necessarily cause all or any of these problems in one person).
- They can pinch on any or all of the major nerves that go into the hand.
- This can cause tingling or numbness in part or all or the hand – which can sometimes travel along the forward.
- It can create false carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Initially the numbness may only occur when sleeping.
- They are a common source of headaches.
- They can refer pain that causes false angina (you feel like you are having a heart attack.
- They can refer pain to your shoulder blades.
- Thay can pinch an artery that supplies the hands – giving you cold fingers or hands.
- They can pinch on a vein that returns blood from the hand. Which causes some swelling – which is another cause of false carpal tunnel syndrome.
- People with their neck jutting forward have tight scalene muscles.
This Video is Part 1
It shows where to find the scalenes and an excellent stretch for them.
Part 2 will have more stretches for the Scalene muscles. You can find it in my course Carpal Tunnel Master and Beyond
How to tell if you have tight scalene muscles:
Hook you fingers around your collar bone in the location shown in the video. If you feel tenderness, they are tight.
Remember: Nerve pinching can happen anywhere between the base of the neck and the wrist. Often more than one locations are involved. So please follow the other videos referred to on the Home page.