The Montgomery Method: 12 Easy Steps For Prevention & Medical Care

Several years ago, a massage therapist well out of the medical mainstream wrote a startling book, “End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery.”

It became a cult bestseller since it is so well-written and upbeat. It encourages Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) sufferers that there is hope – and offers a 15-minute daily exercise and stretching program.

Kate Montgomery, is a certified sports massage therapist. On the back cover, she calls herself a “holistic health practitioner,” a rather common title for health-food owners, herbalists and acupuncturists. Montgomery in her book describes what has come to be known as “The Montgomery Method” – a 12-step plan for easing the pain of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS).

She says recovery from repetitive injuries requires a four-pronged approach.

1.      A safe working environment;

2.      Care by a chiropractic or osteopathic physician, therapeutic muscle therapy, and acupressure or acupuncture;

3.      Daily stretching and strengthening exercises; and

4.      Proactive efforts to get insurance carriers to reimburse the sufferer for alternative therapies.

Montgomery writes of her belief that 99 percent of the time, surgery is not the answer to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is contradictory to other statistics which claim surgical success in 90 percent of patients.

  • Her method of treating Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) pain includes:
  • Being faithful to her 12-step program;
  • Using acupressure and other holistic pain-relief techniques to assist in healing;
  • Committing to a daily stretching regimen;
  • After healing, continuing regular prevention exercises;
  • Regularly warming up affected joints and muscles; and
  • Making your work station ergonomically correct.

Does she promise a miracle cure?

No, in fact, she points out throughout the book that she makes no claims that she can cure Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

In fact, she states that no cure exists – and that the patient’s only hope is in dedicated body maintenance. She says the Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) sufferer must “take charge” of the situation and “become an active participant in healing your body.”

She goes on to assert bluntly that The Montgomery Method is only a “preventative and self-care program that all individuals can incorporate into their daily life.”

She has been advocating her alternative strategy since the early 1990s. Believing that Carpal Tunnel surgery has become far too popular, she began speaking out publicly and then wrote her book, declaring that our culture needs to change how we look at Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS).

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) should not be viewed as a “disease” that will someday have a cure, she says. No, it is a liveable condition such as near-sightedness or diabetes or high blood pressure that can be dealt with – and brought under control.

Drastic measures such as surgery are not the answer, she says. Nor should the condition be considered a debilitating disability forcing sufferers to quit working or withdraw from the things of life that they enjoy.

In fact, she says, attitude is everything.

If a person realizes they are susceptible to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS), then they must adopt a proactive attitude and commit to a battle plan for recovery. Part of that war, she says, is trying out various tactics to see what works and what does not.

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