So many of us today spend inordinate amounts of our time typing away on computer keyboards. We tend to do repetitive motions with our hands, wrists and arms, to the point where we inevitably get carpal tunnel syndrome. Ask around and you’re likely to discover someone you know well has experienced carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s all too common these days thanks to computers.
The “median nerve” and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through your wrist. The small space in the wrist where the nerve runs through is called the carpal tunnel. Did you know your median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb as well as your first three fingers? When something’s wrong in the carpal tunnel, you experience weakness in your hand… you get a tingling sensation or, perhaps, feel numb there. It’s not good. Basically, there’s too much pressure being put on the median nerve in your wrist.
You probably know someone who has had expensive surgery for their carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery’s goal is to take pressure off the median nerve. Interestingly, even after surgery, about 75% of people get their symptoms back within two years– not good, right?
Here’s where it gets really interesting: carpal tunnel syndrome is more than just a median nerve problem. It’s related to problems elsewhere in your body, such as the muscles in your neck, or, for example, misalignments of certain ligaments or bones.
Therefore, chiropractic care to relieve carpal tunnel pain is something worth pursuing, especially because it doesn’t involve surgery and it covers more than just problems at the median nerve. For instance, a chiropractor will typically deal with a person’s upper spine in order to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, since that’s where the origins for it actually occur.
Chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome not only involves relieving irritation in the wrist and arm, but also on the neck. Using spinal adjustment(s) and/or “trigger point therapy,” chiropractors can utilize a natural, holistic approach to fixing the carpal tunnel pain. They may also advise patients to do certain exercises for further relief.
If you’re experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment at New City Chiropractic today to see a Carpal Tunnel Doctor Lakeland by calling 863-940-3444.