Massage therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome can do wonders to alleviate pain. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically include pain, numbness, cramping, muscle weakness, or tingling in the wrists and hands. These symptoms are caused by compressed nerves (median nerve) in the carpal tunnel and are thought to be the result of repetitive flexing of the hand. Other factors contributing to carpal tunnel syndrome may include obesity, inflammatory conditions (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis), diabetes, and thyroid disorders.