Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a major issue that plagues up to 5% of Americans. It can range from numbness and tingling in the fingers to extreme pain in the wrist. In our office, we see this condition in many business professionals, as well as in many pregnant moms. We’re so excited to have seen carpal tunnel syndrome resolve for many of our patients under care. Let’s talk about what may cause carpal tunnel as well as how chiropractic may benefit those suffering with it.
What Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. This nerve controls the muscles and sensation in the wrist and fingers. The median nerve travels from the wrist back up through the arm and enters the spinal cord through the spinal bones in the neck. When one or more of the spinal bones in the neck shift out of alignment, it can put pressure on the nerves. This pressure can cause pain, numbness and tingling. In pregnancy, this condition may be made worse by an increase in fluid retention in the wrists. For busy work professionals, certain work ergonomics can further aggravate these symptoms.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
By checking the spine for misalignments and taking pressure of the nervous system, we’ve seen many patients whose symptoms have resolved under care. A 2014 study reported on a woman with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands who had significant improvements after just 5 adjustments!
In some cases, the bones in the hands can also shift putting direct pressure on the median nerve. These carpal bones can also be adjusted with chiropractic. Lastly, many patients do not want to resort to surgery for their carpal tunnel, as there can be many risks to cutting through the fascia/ligaments. We highly suggest patients try chiropractic before resorting to much riskier procedures.
The truth is that you don’t have to continue to suffer from your carpal tunnel symptoms. Through specific neurologically based chiropractic, we can help your nervous system function at its best to improve quality of life!