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Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Asheville

You have probably heard friends or family members talking about their “carpal tunnel.”   When people talk about carpal tunnel what they actually are referring to is carpal tunnel syndrome.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that happen when a nerve in your wrist is being compressed.  Some of the common symptoms include pain, numbness and weakness on the thumb side of the hand and the thumb itself.  Several conditions are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome including

ASTYM – What is Astym and How Does it Work?

What is Astym?  Astym treatment is a physical therapy treatment that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and Astym even works when other approaches routinely fail.  One of the main reasons for this is that Astym was designed to target the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms. Here are some of

Running Injuries

As spring comes around many people are thinking about ways to stay or become active this year.  Asheville has a huge population of runners, I like that it is easy to set goals and monitor progress when choosing running over other ways to maintain health. There are many local running groups which make it easier to keep up for those who need external motivation. With all physical activity, however, there are also some pitfalls associated. Studies have shown that 50%

Fibromyalgia: Understanding Fibromyalgia Treatment in Asheville

Fibromyalgia may be healthcare’s most poorly understood condition. It is a condition that is characterized by generalized pain, tenderness, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, digestive problems like irritable bowel or constipation, reflux, and poor sleep hygiene. It is typically diagnosed through deduction. Typically blood tests and other diagnostics are negative, leaving the only possible cause of these symptoms to be fibromyalgia.  What most don’t know is that physical therapy can be very effective in helping to manage symptoms. It is classified as

Plantar Fasciitis, What is it?

Plantar Fasciitis – What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a chronic inflammation of the plantar aponeurosis. This a band of tissue that attaches from the heel of the foot to the forefoot (just before the toes). The plantar fascia provides support to the muscles and ligaments that support the arch. Repetitive stress to this area can also cause heel spurs to develop in this area. Plantar Fasciitis What causes it? Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is stretched irregularly and causes micro-tears,

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