Carpal Tunnel and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
The major nerve controlling the thumb, index, and parts of the middle,
and ring finger is called the median nerve. From the tip of your
travels through the bones in your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm,
through your shoulder and neck, and finally to your spinal cord.
Problems can develop in one or more of these areas.
The carpal “tunnel” is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve,
tendons, and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of
the bones forming this tunnel should “collapse”, inflammation, nerve
pressure, and painful symptoms can result.
The median nerve connects to the spinal cord through openings between
several bones in the lower neck. When these spinal bones lose their
normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and
After a thorough examination, your chiropractic doctor will perform
specific adjustments where needed, to help normalize structure and
reduce nerve irritation. When given time, conservative, chiropractic
care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems—without
drugs or surgery.
Every day, assembly line workers, keyboard operators, grocery store
clerks, and many others, receive micro-traumas to their hands and
wrists. Vibration and repetitive motions, when combined with spinal
problems and other joint dysfunction, can result in a condition known
as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a loss of strength in the hands.
If placing your hands back to back produces an increase in numbness, tingling or pain, you could have a carpal tunnel problem.
Have someone try to pull your thumb and finger apart.
If your fingers seem weak, it could be related to a carpal tunnel problem.
Specific tests will be performed to see if spinal nerves are involved. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help return malfunctioning joints to a more normal motion and position.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and
connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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