Carpel 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 fingers, it 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 carpel “tunnel” is formed by bones in the wrist.  The median nerve, tendon, 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 wrist.

After a thorough examination, your chiropractic doctor will perform specific adjustments where needed, to help normalized structure and reduce nerve irritation.  When given time, conservative, chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems – without drugs or surgery

Repetitive hand and wrist motion.

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.

The Chiropractic Lifestyle:

Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body.  All 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, care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

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