"End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery is a well written (and optimistic) book about the prevention and recovery of repetitive strain injuries (or work-related musculoskeletal disorders) through a 15-minute daily program. The author, Kate Montgomery, is a Certified Sports Massage Therapist. She also calls herself a Holistic Health Practitioner and Naturopathic Doctor. She has developed “The Montgomery Method” – a twelve-step method for relieving the pain of repetitive strain injuries.
According to Ms. Montgomery, recovery from repetitive injuries requires a four-pronged approach.
* A safe working environment with the proper ergonomic equipment.
* A body-maintenance program of chiropractic or osteopathy, therapeutic muscle therapy, and acupressure or acupuncture.
* A daily self-care program including a stretching and strengthening program.
* A proactive approach towards insurance carriers requesting payment for alternative therapies.
Ms. Montgomery believes that surgery is not the answer to carpal tunnel syndrome in 99 percent of cases. She reports that the failure rate of surgery is very high and that many people who have tried surgery are still not fully functional or able to return to their jobs.
DEALING WITH THE PAIN OF CARPAL TUNNEL (AND OTHER REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES)
The Montgomery Method of dealing with pain includes:
* Performing the twelve-step program (outlined below).
* Using pain relief techniques such as acupressure to speed healing.
* Following a stretching routine.
* Once healed, performing a regular strengthening routine.
* Warming up regularly.
* Working at an ergonomically correct work station.
Ms. Montgomery is quick to point out throughout the book that her methods do not cure carpal tunnel syndrome or any other upper body syndrome. “There is no cure for musculoskeletal injuries – only body maintenance. It is your responsibility to take charge and become an active participant in healing your body.” Rather “The Montgomery Method" is a “preventative and self-care program that all individuals can incorporate into their daily life”. Ms. Montgomery states that her methods bring the body’s structure and muscles back into balance. This improvement in muscular balance will then alleviate pain." (Continued via Bella Online, Marji Hajic) [Ergonomics Resources]