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The Carpal Tunnel Helpbook: Self-Healing Alternatives for Carpal Tunnel and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries Paperback – Illustrated, June 1, 2001
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- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738204552
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738204550
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.33 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Da Capo Lifelong Books; Illustrated edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,007,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a thin, but very detailed, book, and it all together contains 69 excellent small drawing and photos.
In the first chapter, "Nerve Problems in the Neck, Shoulder, Arms, and Hands", we are having 3 drawings. Of these one is showing a Hand, with the Carpal Tunnel, and on another we from the front are watching the Shoulder-Neck. These two drawings are equal to x-ray pictures so that we get the parts we read about and get their names.
In the chapter 2, "The Anatomy of Nerve Injury", we again, on side 18, are having 2 more drawings with partial anatomy. The first drawing this time watches the Neck and Shoulder from the right side, again with the positions of most Nerves. And as the second drawing we are having the exploded right Arm, again most concerning the Nerves, so we don't se the Muscles.
On side 23 starts the chapter 3, "Treatment Modalities and How to Use Them". In this chapter we have 15 pictures showing most of the different mentioned treatments probability in action, or the actual tools. And we on these 16 sides, in subparts, are learning about these treatments, which actual are: "Hot Packs", "Hot Towels", "Warm Water Soaks or Warm Whirlpool", "Paraffin", "Fluidotherapy", "Ultrasound", "Electrical Modalities", "High-Voltage Stimulation", "Iontophoresis", "Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation", "Cold Applications", "Cold Pack and Ice Packs", "Iced Towels", "Cold Water Soaks and Whirlpools", "Contrast Baths", "Ice Massage", and "Meditations". I personally during life have tried some of these treatments, for example back in 1962, as teenager, after a nerve surgery in one hand, tried Paraffin. And 5 years ago, here in Thailand, after breaking the right arm tried Ultrasound, and Acupuncture, as I couldn't activate my arm and hand. This before there was time for me in the hospitals for measuring the Nerves, and when it came to this, it then showed up that the nerves was cut over in the shoulder.
On side 39 starts the chapter 4, "A Nerve Sliding Program" containing 23 drawing connected to the text telling which Position and Movements to do. The first section starts with common information about "Nerve Sliding", and after this we get the section "Brachial Plexus Sliding" in which we have 7 drawings with the Positions we learn about in the writings. Then follow "Radial Nerve Sliding" cowering 2 sides with 5 drawings. And finally we have the "Ulnar Nerve Sliding", first with "Series 1: Sliding the ulnar nerve distally, or through the lower arm and hand", with 3 drawings, and after this follow "Series 2: Sliding the ulnar nerve proximally-above the level of the elbow", on 2 sides and with 4 drawings. And as the last part in this chapter then "Series 3: Median nerve sliding", with 4 drawing, 3 of which only are showing activation for the Right Hand.
Chapter 5, "Soft Tissue Stretching" that starts on side 53, is containing 6 drawing, each closely connected to these subparts in the chapter: "Start position", "Lateral neck stretch", "Shoulder rolls", "Anterior neck stretches", "Neck rotation", and "Chin tucks".
Chapter 6, "Posture Do's and Don'ts" contain 4 drawing. The subparts in the chapter are: "Sitting posture", "Driving" (of course when sitting in a car), and "Sleeping". Two sides and 1 drawing concerning Sleeping, and of course telling which Sleeping Position that is good and which is bad with respect to the Arms, the Wrist, and the Carnal Tunnel.
On side 65 begins the chapter 7, "Creating a Comfortable Workplace", which contains 8 drawings and 1 photo. In the first part, "Your Computer Screen, Keyboard, and Mouse", we have a drawing showing the Hands positioned on the Keyboard and the Mouse, and having the Table, Keyboard, and Mouse correctly positioned a bit lover than the Elbows. Then follows: "Your Chair", "Armrests", "Foot Position", with 2 drawings, the first one showing a 6-way adjustable Chair, and the second showing the actual part of a person sitting on such a chair, and by a table with a Keyboard and with the Legs and Feet correctly positioned. Correctly but quit different from the correct position if we for example are sitting in a school and writing on a paper. After this follow "Workstation Props", with 3 drawings concerning persons and working tools position in connection to the Computer Screen. Then follow "Lifestyle Changes", under which we first have the subparts "Working With Tools", and have a picture showing 7 changed working Tools, among other a Hammer, and some Pencils. Next follow "Lifting and Carrying" with 2 drawing concerning lifting a box. And the chapter 7 finishes with, "Overuse", and "Be Your Own Advocate".
Chapter 8 with the title "Effective Splints and How to Use Them" contains 8 photos showing 10 Splints. And he among other writes about how a Splint that during the night stretch out the Arm and the Hand and thereby relaxing the Nerves, by not having movement friction, and having the best position, can help much.
Chapter 9, "Meditation, Biofeedback, Yoga, and Tai Chi", having 4 sides containing the subparts "Meditation ", "Yoga and Tai Chi", and "Alternative and Complementary Treatments".
Then follow chapter 10, "A Home-Based Exercise and Healing Program", in which he among other writes about regular Walking, Tai Chi and Yoga.
Following we have the chapter 11, "How to Set Up Your Own Home Therapy Center", in which he also writes about making own training tool, but for example not to make electrical Tools if not having been educated in Electricity. And the last 2 ½ sides with title "How You can Develop an Individualized, In-Home Therapy Program", we during the Step one to Step eight, we are getting different advises.
And on the side 95 starts the 2 ½ sides chapter "A Final Thought", in which we again, among other read about Sauna, Whirlpool, Paraffin, Exercise, and Surgery, but besides the Epson salt is mentioned. As remark, my chiropractor, who works on my right hand and arm, yesterday said that we no longer use Paraffin. But I put my doubt on this remark, and still would like to try it.
Again it's an excellent book, and still I try to learn my wife to change some of her bad habits in the kitchen and in the garden, instead of having a Surgery, witch probably not if she still after the Surgery continue with bad working habits.