Researchers have determined something massage therapists already knew: the combination of massage and trigger-point therapy is a viable treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome.

For the study, 21 participants received 30 minutes of massage, including trigger-point therapy, twice a week for six weeks, for their carpal tunnel syndrome, which the authors described as “a common peripheral entrapment that causes neuralgia in the median nerve distribution of the hand.”

Carpal tunnel questionnaires, and the Phalen, Tinel, and two-point discrimination tests provided outcome assessment, according to an abstract published on

“The results demonstrated significant change in symptom severity and functional status from two weeks,” the authors noted.

“Massage therapy as an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome” was published in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.