Treating Carpel Tunnel Syndrome with Chiropractic
One of the most common workplace afflictions these days is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. It is a condition that afflicts the hands and wrists. CTS occurs when the median nerve is pinched or inflamed. The carpel tunnel is located at the base of the palm. It is made up of bones, tendons, and a thick ligament that surrounds the median nerve. The tunnel is narrow, so any swelling can cause the nerve to be pinched. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
There are several causes of CTS. One of the more common causes is the repetitive movement of the hands, fingers, and wrists. Some of the common tasks associated with carpel tunnel include driving, writing, typing, and assembly line work. Certain sports activities, such as tennis, golf, or weightlifting, can also cause CTS. People who are prone to get CTS include women, ages 40 to 55, diabetics, and overweight people. High caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol intake are risk factors, as well.
If you have a job or activity that requires repetition and may cause CTS to occur in you, there are steps you can take to protect against CTS. Among them:
- Take frequent breaks. Relax your hands by your sides and wiggle your fingers from time to time.
- Do some stretching exercises before and during your work Here’s one. Try holding your arm straight out while standing. From this position, raise your hands straight up as if you were pushing against a wall. Hold 5 seconds and then straighten hands and fingers. Ball your hands into a fist, and then point fists down and hold for five seconds. Return hands and fingers to straightened position. Repeat entire process 10 times. Then let arms and hands relax at sides for a few moments.
- Maintain proper posture while you’re working.
- Keep hands and wrists warm and flexible.
- Wear a splint to provide support.
If you do have CTS, chiropractic can help bring you pain relief. Chiropractic adjustments help ensure the nerve pathway from the spine to the wrist are optimized so there are no other hindrances to the nerve pathway. Specific nutritional supplements and exercises can be prescribed to reduce the inflammation. Acupuncture therapy may also be provided. This procedure involves using laser, filaments or fine needles to move energy. Acupuncture moves energy through body tissue, relaxing the muscles and other tissues surrounding the nerve. Chiropractic remedy is natural and never involves either costly drugs or invasive surgery. Specific treatment depends on your situation.
For more information on Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, call Dr, Jasmine Allexi at (262)323-2925 . She can help you with CTS or virtually any other pain related issue you have. Her office is located at 811 Fox Lane Suite D, Waterford, WI 53185.