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How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Carpal Tunnel

  How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Carpal Tunnel

If you work a job that requires using your hands or utilizing the fine motor movement of your fingers, then you must take precautions to protect yourself from the development or further progression of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be painful, debilitating, and very invasive to your everyday life. For example, if you are typing up a blog or playing tennis with your best friend, the last thing you want is to feel numbness or tingling that forces you to pause or stop completely. When you schedule a consultation with the chiropractic team at Total Wellness Solutions, we will work hard to develop a better understanding of your discomfort so we draft a treatment plan to help you experience the most relief. 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of the hand, where the median nerve passes through. Anything that narrows that corridor and causes the median nerve to be compressed can result in carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, a wrist sprain or fracture can reshape the tiny space and significantly narrow the passageway. If the tunnel is narrowed and the median nerve is compressed or pinched it will result in painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Inflammation or swelling can also press on the nerve, causing painful symptoms.  

What Are The Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Compression or pinching of the median nerve can cause painful tingling or numbing of the hand and the arm. The median nerve travels through the carpal tunnel, and if the pathway constricts the nerve it can result in some of the following symptoms. 

  • Tingling 
    • Usually the thumb and index finger, but not the pinky. 
  • Numbing 
    • From the wrist and travel up to the arm 
    • Usually whenever you try to grasp or grab something. 
  • Weakness 
    • May cause you to drop objects
  • Less strength and coordination 
    •  You may even be unable to use your thumb to pinch 

Risk Factors That Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Risk factors are anything that makes developing carpal tunnel more likely. Risk factors for carpal tunnel are anything that alters the space of the tiny passageway, thus making it smaller and more probable that the median nerve will be compressed. 

  • Wrist fractures 
  • Dislocation 
  • Sex (woman typically have smaller wrist) 
  • Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, which are categorized by inflammation and swelling 
  • Obesity 
  • Workplace factors (work that requires repetitive wrist motion)  

Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic care can be very effective at treating carpal tunnel syndrome because it treats the source of the problem, and attempts to directly relieve pressure from nerves through a combination of adjustments, massage therapy, dry needling, or whatever else the doctor might recommend. However, if you still have not made up your mind, here are some simple ways you can manage carpal tunnel syndrome at home. 

  • Splint the wrist 
    • Splinting the wrist can help with stabilization. 
    • It also helps to keep the wrist straight, reducing pressure on the nerve. 
    • Best if worn while doing repetitive tasks. It can reduce pressure off the nerve and prevent flares up after constant use.    
  • Stretching Exercises 
    • Using a tennis ball or stress ball and squeeze regularly 
    • Clenched fist 
    • Prayer position 
  • Yoga

Chiropractic Care For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Oftentimes people experience carpal tunnel syndrome from pressure being applied on the median nerve, and in such cases, your treatment may consist of wrist or elbow manipulation. When you schedule your consultation with Total Wellness Solutions, we will try to relieve the pressure off the median nerve, but first, we must try to understand what is causing the carpal tunnel to narrow. We will attempt to uncover the underlying condition and then create a targeted treatment plan to reduce discomfort. 

At Total Wellness Solutions, we also focus on The Zone Technique, which states that all disruptions in the body can be traced back to one of the six zones. As part of your treatment, we may also examine your cervical spine to see how the nerve is being affected at its starting point. Regardless of the designed method of treatment, the goal is first to identify the source of the problem and then create a personalized plan to treat it. 

Contact Total Wellness Solutions

If you are suffering from the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to begin treatment right away. Working with the qualified chiropractic team at Total Wellness Solutions can help you live a more pain-free symptom-free lifestyle. If you work a job or enjoy a hobby that is known to cause carpal tunnel syndrome or exacerbate the symptoms you must begin treatment right away. If you have any questions or want to set up a consultation, you can give us a call at 770-936-9707 or make an appointment online. We are located at 5252 Roswell Rd NE Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30342.

 

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