Because we all work with our hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequent complaint. It can start with a mild pain that's just a nuisance. Ultimately, the pain increases to the point that common, everyday tasks are difficult to perform. What most people don't realize is that the cause may be something unrelated to the location of the pain. Chiropractic may help - without surgery or drugs.
What causes carpal tunnel? Performing repetitive motions with your hands or fingers, like that done while typing or working with machinery, is a well-known cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnancy, stress, eating habits, sports, playing musical instruments, and sleeping in certain positions can also cause or aggravate the condition. It could be pinched nerves and circulation in the carpal "tunnel" in the wrist, but it is often a problem with nerves running through your neck and shoulder. The elbow, arm, shoulder, neck and spine can also be affected. Symptoms worsen as the habitual motion is continued.
How do I know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome? Place your hands back to back with your fingers pointed toward the floor. Do you feel numbness, tingling, or pain? Do your hands/fingers get numb when you sleep? Do you have weakness in your hands or drop things? Carpal tunnel syndrome may be present. Always check with a health care professional, such as a well-trained chiropractor, for a complete evaluation.
Can chiropractic work better than surgery or drugs? Yes, because it is the most natural way of fixing the problem that is causing the pain. Chiropractic care involves making adjustments to return the spine or other joint to its normal function, reducing nerve irritation.