While a lot of people will have heard about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), they’ll be less familiar with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Like CTS, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve entrapment; however, it affects the tibia nerve in the leg as opposed to the median nerve, which is affected in cases of CTS. This painful nerve compression results in pain and tingling in the affected side and can eventually require surgery to decompress the nerve if more conservative measures such as medication, splinting the affected area, and rest prove ineffective.
How can an Osteopath help?
An Osteopath can use hands on therapy to help reduce the symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. This could involve a variety of hands on massage techniques to help eliminate the more uncomfortable symptoms of TTS, as well as working to relieve any tension that might have accumulated in the affected area.
Osteopaths believe in treating the whole of the body, and will take their time to treat the body as a whole, and not just the parts of the body that are feeling pain and discomfort; Osteopathy provides a non-invasive form of therapy that benefits the patient as a whole
Pain can often be referred, so an Osteopath might use a form of massage called trigger point therapy, so they can find where the pain is coming from. This might not alleviate all of the symptoms a patient is feeling, but it will go a long way to reducing pain.
Are you suffering with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in Oxford? Whether you have tried osteopathy before, or you are new to this form of treatment, the Kennington Osteopathic Practice can help. To book an appointment or to find out more, call:07787404419, or visit the website at:
You can find out more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and how an osteopath can help, here.