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A study published in the medical journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and republished by the National Institute of Health, concluded that:

“Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) were randomly assigned to either a 4-week course of massage therapy or usual care… The massage group received a 15-min massage once a week from a massage therapist and were also taught self-massage to be done daily at home prior to bedtime. The massage group evidenced improvements in pain, grip strength, anxiety and depression compared with no such improvements in the control group…. Physician assessments of carpal tunnel symptoms also indicated significant improvements in the massage group versus no change in the control group.” Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Chronic, Non-malignant Pain: A Review by Jennie C.I.Tsao, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. Jun 2007; 4(2): 165–179. Published online Feb 5, 2007

Regular massage and self-massage are both effective. That is why the Roleo works, by replicating massage techniques such as effleurage, trigger point, muscle stripping, and others, and Roleo can be used at home, saving time, money, and travel for therapy. It can augment physical or massage therapy. It allows self-treatment, without further stressing or injuring the hand being used to massage the other.

It is also known that stretching the wrists and hands within the normal range of motion can enhance any treatment for hand and wrist conditions.

The question is, do you want to feel better? Or prevent conditions from developing? A regular regimen of self-massage, stretching and, if needed, professional therapy give you the best chance of keeping your hands pain- and symptom-free and avoiding irreversible Carpal Tunnel surgery.

People in all walks of life, in many professions, are vulnerable to debilitating hand conditions. Some participate in jobs, sports or hobbies with a higher risk of hand and wrist pain. Even gender plays a role, as women are more likely to develop symptoms, and pregnancy increases that likelihood even further.

We think that the Roleo Arm Massager (http://www.rollyourpainaway.com/) is one of the most cost-effective self-care treatments available. Given the cost of conventional therapies and surgery, and the cost and side-effects of pain medication, using a Roleo would seem a good investment.