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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Proactive, Non-Surgical Approach

$30.00 members / $50.00 nonmembers     2.0 credit hours

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common dysfunction massage therapists might see in their practice. It’s also one that affects therapists themselves, causing down time or a complete change of careers. While traditional treatments might bring temporary relief, CTS often turns into a chronic condition. Treating CTS effectively must include a different, concentrated methodology that considers other possible causes of symptoms.

This course offers an alternative, pro-active approach to treating CTS using a specific, multifaceted philosophy. It presents contributing factors that can lead to CTS. Most importantly, this course shows massage therapists how to prevent and help manage CTS for their clients.

NOTE: Massage therapists are advised to practice these techniques prior to utilizing them in a clinical setting.


Learn an approach to CTS that includes creating space or releasing possible impingements in the scalenes triangle of the neck, the thoracic outlet and the carpal tunnel. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Describe three traditional treatments for CTS and why they fail.
  • Explain why creating space or releasing impingements in the three areas of the body discussed is important for treatment of CTS.
  • List four symptoms and four causes of CTS.
  • Describe the areas of impingement for two syndromes that can contribute to CTS.
  • Describe five types of assessments needed when treating CTS.
  • Define AIS and tell why it is important for treatment of CTS.
  • Describe three wrist and three neck AIS stretches suitable for opening tissues for CTS.
  • Describe a wrist and a neck strengthening exercise that can aid in healing CTS.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Timothy Agnew completed the ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) course requirements under the guidance of Barry University in Miami, and completed the program at the University of South Florida. He has authored numerous articles in the kinesiology field, and is currently co-writing the textbook Structural Kinesiology for McGraw Hill.  He has spent the last fifteen years studying biomechanics as it relates to human movement, including the Active Isolated Stretching protocols outlined in his book, Dynamic Flexibility: A Safe and Effective Self Stretching Program, and videos, CFTE Assisted Flexibility; Dynamic Flexibility: A Safe and Effective Self-Stretching Program.  He can be reached at www.stretchme.com.

Course approval codes

MSP #164; LCEU0001644

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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