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Do you have carpal tunnel worries, elbow tendinitis,
wrist pain, numb hands, tingling fingers?

Learn Self-Help Techniques To Prevent, Reverse, and Even Eliminate Carpal Tunnel and FALSE Carpal Tunnel Syndromes

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Why Should You Beleive Me and What it Means to You.

Hi, this is Hilma Volk, telling you about who I am, how I developed this course and what it means to you. Well, I do have a college education and it was very strong in the biologies, however, things happen and I found myself eventually working different jobs and working with horses at a guest ranch in Montana, which was really great, but it was a seasonal job and I figured I couldn’t physically work with horses forever.

It’s 1990, I’m 40 years old, and I always liked giving massages and getting them, so I decide to go to massage school. Well, here I am first day of massage school, taking all these classes. I’m in my practical course, the one where you actually do the massages, and the instructor says that carpal tunnel is a big hazard for massage therapists. I’m thinking, “great, of course I don’t know what carpal tunnel is.”

One of the gals in the class had carpal tunnel, she was probably in her early thirties, she was a bus driver and later on she explained it to me. She had had surgery on both hands. I don’t know what occupation she was before bus driver, I never thought to ask. I’m thinking, “why in the world do you want to be a massage therapist? You’ve had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands.” That instructor showed us a bunch of different stretches to keep our own body in shape.

One day our hands-on class had been cancelled and I hadn’t heard about it, so I showed up. Me and one other person were there, so we decided to practice on each other. Well, this gal came in who we’d never seen before and she was confused because there was supposed to be a massage class there. She wasn’t in our class, and what she wanted was, she wanted to do a trade, she had a massage table that she would trade for three massages.

So I agreed. It turned out that she had been a massage therapist in California, and as she put it, she had to quit because she blew out her wrists. Well, here I am trying to create a new career, and this obviously got my attention. By the way, it was a handmade folding massage table which was very heavy, but it was my first massage table.

In the various classes as I took them, the study of anatomy, and the study of muscles and all that, I’d hear carpal tunnel, carpal tunnel, carpal tunnel. I was pretty anal when it came to studying, meaning I learned everything I could that was in all the different textbooks that we had about carpal tunnel, primarily for my own use, so I wouldn’t get it.

So once I’m out in the real world, one of my first clients I’m working on, says he’s thinking he’s getting carpal tunnel. So I tested him with the test that I knew about, and I said you don’t have carpal tunnel. He didn’t say anything, and I didn’t say anything more, because we both knew he had a problem, but I didn’t know what it was.

Fast forward, years later I’m working at a resort, I’m very busy, and I start developing some problems with my own hands, and sometimes I’d have the symptoms of carpal tunnel, and sometimes I didn’t. They were just different symptoms. I found that the stretches I learned in massage school weren’t helping really very much. About the only thing that was helping was ice.

So I’m reading different books and different articles, and they’re very informative and explain a lot, but not really very helpful, except for describing how to work more ergonomically. I turned to the internet, which wasn’t nearly as huge as it is now and found one article that changed everything.

It was from a very unlikely source. It seemed that these guys on a rowing team were developing numb hands, and they developed this technique to treat themselves using their thumbs.

Well, here I am a massage therapist, and I use my thumbs way too much to begin with, so I modified their technique in a way that doesn’t have to use my hands, since my hands were already being overused. Not only that, I expanded it using my technique to treat the hands, the wrist and the forearm. Most of my problem was actually coming from my forearms. It worked beautifully and I totally stopped using the ice.

But then I had another problem, see at the resort, we’d do reflexology once in a while, and I really didn’t like doing it because my hands would go to sleep. Now with reflexology, I’m sitting low, working on the feet with my hands about shoulder height and my fingers would always go to sleep, very quickly actually.

So most of the time I’m doing either a twenty minute, or a fifty minute treatment, most of the time my fingers are numb, and when it was all done, and I’d put my hands down, I’d have no more numbness. I could work with my hands down doing massage the whole day, but within a few minutes of doing reflexology my fingers would be numb. I was still able to work them, I still had full motion in my fingers, I just, they were numb.

So I worked on my forearms more, I did more and more of my self-treatment on the forearms, but it didn’t make any difference. Not only that, I was finding that when I was using my computer, I started to get numb hands, when I was driving I’d start to get numb hands, and when I rode a bicycle I was getting numb hands.

Then I took a continuing education course and the instructor was showing how to massage the pectoralis minor muscle and just in passing, as kind of an aside, he mentioned that if the pectoralis minor muscle is tight, it sometimes gives a false carpal tunnel.

Aha. So I worked out a technique where I could work on my own pectoralis minor muscle, and like magic, just a few treatments in one day, each treatment about a minute at a time at the most, and wow, problem solved. I continued to work on them over the next few days, but no more than 5 minutes total. Maybe once a month I’ll work on them a little bit just to keep them nice and loose, but they’re not bothering me.

Funny thing is, I went and looked back at my textbooks and I looked back at the books I had gotten on carpal tunnel, and not one of them, not one mentioned that the pectoralis minor muscle could do that. As I mentioned, the techniques I developed were just for me to work on myself for my own problems, and to allow myself to continue to do massages. I would show the techniques to clients when they were having problems, but I really couldn’t do much of that when I worked at the resort because it was fifty minute massages, boom, boom, one after another.

And the most frustrating thing for me was when I’d hear somebody say, “yeah, my hands are going numb, but I’ll just wait til it gets so bad that I have to have the surgery.” I want to scream at them, “NO! You can reverse this, it’s not like having your appendix out and then you’re fine and then you never have to worry about it again, no. Recovery time can take weeks or months, the surgery doesn’t always work out well, but the main thing is if you keep doing things the way you have been, without changing anything, it’s going to come back. Statistically it’s going to come back in 2 years, 4 years, 6 years. You can stop this.”

But sadly, I didn’t say anything. Now that I’m in private practice, I can take the time.
It’s funny, I’ll ask people, “how are you feeling?” They’ll say, “oh, I’ve got a kink in my neck,” or “oh, my low back is hurting.” I’ll ask them, “do you have any numbness in your hands?” and they go, “well, yeah” and the reason they don’t tell me is they don’t think I can do anything about it.

You see, I’ve learned more and more over the years and it’s just fascinating to me how many different places can cause the similar symptoms in the body. When a person says they have numb hands, it’s a challenge for me, a delightful challenge to figure out where it’s coming from, and just in one session they’re going, “wow, I can feel now, it’s better than it’s been in a long time.”

But very seldom do people feel pain in the areas that are causing the problem until I push on them. These areas can be rather painful to have massaged. I tell my clients, “if I work on this for very long, you’ll hate me.” I prefer to teach people what they can do for themselves, so they can work on themselves a few minutes at a time, every day until the problem clears up and they can just work on it once in a while to keep the problem at bay. That’s why I developed this course.

There’s so much misinformation out there and not so much misinformation as just lack of good information.

So if you’re having problems due to your occupation or hobby, whether you’re a plumber or a hair dresser or a grocery bagger or a dog groomer or whatever, of course computer users which are the big ones, do yourself a favor and don’t wait any longer. If you wait it will just get worse. This is for less than the price of a doctor visit, less than the price of most massage visits, certainly less than the price of a physical therapy visit, and this is something you can use on and on and on and there is a 60-day money back guarantee. Take a look at the first 2 videos, then decide if this is for you. Thanks.

CarpalTunnelMaster.com/moreinfo.html

Hilma Louise Volk, LMT

Lessons Learned From Personal Experience and Extensive Research.

Hilma Louise Volk
Licensed Massage Therapist
Oregon Licensed since 1991, License #3776
Idaho License:  MASG-753

Note:  I am retiring from active massage practice in 2015

www.cdamassage.com

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a massage therapist. The techniques I show primarily involve self-massage and stretching. You control the pressure of self massage at all times. Stretches should never be forced or painful. If you get a gut feeling that these suggestions are not right for you – don’t do them.  If you diligently use the techniques every day for at least a week and see no improvement, you should consult a physician.

Also, if your problem has progressed to the point to where your hands feel “dead” most of the time, you are at risk for permanent nerve damage and should see a physician.

The advise in this website is for given is for numbness or tingling that has progressed gradually over a period of time from an occupation, or hobby, or both. It can result from accumulative repetitive movements (know as repetitive strain injuries) from such motions as hammering, cutting hair, typing, playing piano, knitting, etc. — or from postural imbalances or frequent awkward positions (known as cumulative trauma injuries).

This website does NOT address the following conditions:

Diabetes, chronic renal failure, leukemia, lymphoma, lupus and amyloidosis, which can be a cause of numbness or tingling in hands or feet; Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome that include hand trauma, Acromegaly, rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, pregnancy, Paget’s disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus and tophaceous gout; Nor does this website address brain injury, brain tumors or stroke; or any condition that has a sudden onset.


Comments

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  1. I saw you tonight on youtube.

    My goodness I didn’t like you (bear with me.. I know you will as you are sarcastic just like I am! Lol! :0)

    I almost died at work yesterday..in agony.
    My shoulder, arm wrist and hand/fingers..so much pain!

    I persevered though some of your videos.and found that one where you are forward and down and cannot move your arm…I was stunned!
    You were right! :0)

    I got to the video where you massage your underarm muscle…wow..how sore was that muscle I never knew I had!

    It stopped my shoulder hurt for a bit…it’s back now..but I have long term pain going on here.

    What I know now is I don’t have carpel tunnel but I have deep shoulder injury that will take time and restorative methods. I am going ergonomic with my keyboard asap..next week hopefully. I just need to check it with the techy guy at work and I will buy the keyboard myself…

    Thanks..
    Jill (UK)

    You’re nuts in the nicest possible way..you make e giggle! :0) )I loved your laptop solutions too! Hehe!)

  2. Hi Michael,

    This is where most doctors fail to make the connection. You have carpal tunnel syndrome because you have muscle imbalance in your forearms.

    Let me explain. The forearm muscles move the wrist and fingers. All of the muscles that are used in typing, using a mouse, and most of the muscles used in playing the guitar are forearm muscles. When you use weights with a closed hand, you are using the forearm muscles to grip EVEN if you are working different muscle groups.

    The flexor muscles are the ones on the front side of the forearm (palm side). They are what close the fingers and wrist. The extensor muscles pull the fingers and wrist backward. When you work (and play) the flexors are doing much more work than the extensors. The extensor muscles do not have to push anything.

    The flexor muscles get thicker and shorter. The tendons of the flexor muscles get thicker and shorter. The 9 flexor tendons run through the carpal tunnel. The tigher muscles pull the wrist forward, reducing the size of the carpal tunnel. The thicker tendons also reduce the size.

    This further leads to more irritation and inflammation. The reason night splints help is that they keep the hand in a neutral position, thus keeping the carpal tunnel open. BUT they do not correct muscle imbalance. They don’t make you get better.

    Here’s an experiment for you. Hold your hands in a neutral position. That means that the back of your hand is in a straight line with the back of the forearm. Now keeping your hands in the neutral position, drop them to your sides. Now stop thinking about your hands for a couple minutes. If your muscles are balanced they would keep your hand in a neutral position without any effort on your part.

    So the answer, is to loosen and lengthen the flexor muscles. Most programs and physical therapists use stretches. These can work eventually, but it takes a lot of persistence.

    When I was having hand problems, stretching didn’t work for me. Icing is a good thing for lots of reasons I won’t get into here. (Ice is good, anti-inflammatory drugs are bad – I discuss this elsewhere). But ice after work, as you don’t want to work with cold hands).

    That is when I started developing my self-massage techniques. These “effective” techniques do not require using your hands. I would not bother going to a massage therapist for this – as most won’t help you very much. You can do better work on yourself. Working on your forearms 5 minutes at a time, a couple time a day will do you more good, and save you a lot of money.

    You can directly loosen the tight muscles and tendons, increase the blood supply to them, directly unstick muscle fibers that are stuck together, as well as work on muscle cells that are stuck in contraction.

    I do show lots of stretches in my bonus content videos. I just believe my self-massage techniques get at the problem so much faster.

    Hope this helps

  3. Michael on said:

    Hello,
    I have confirmed carpal tunnel in both wrists from Neurologist using a NVC test a few weeks ago. Will your program help to reverse this condition? I currently wear wrist braces at night and have been doing ice dips. Some relief, but my right hand is my mousing hand and my arms stays sore if I use the mouse. I have a new ergo joystick mouse and that helps some, but my arm still feels sore and tight. I am not super heavy computer user as far as keyboarding, but it is part of my job. I lift weights and also play guitar. Docs don’t tell you much, especially what you can and can’t do. Want to avoid surgery, but don’t want to cause permanent nerve damage. Want to get back to playing guitar. Can you help?
    Thank you,
    Michael

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