What is Carpal Tunnel?
The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that is surrounded by bones and ligaments. Through it run tendons that move the fingers and a major nerve called the median nerve, which is responsible for both sensation and movement in the hand and all the fingers apart from the little ‘pinky’ finger.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.
The most common cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a “muscle imbalance” in the hand and forearm due to overuse. Other causes include; direct trauma, diabetes, gout, median nerve been pressed/squeezed at the wrist, rheumatoid arthritis and other systemic disorders.
Women are three times more likely than men to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually start gradually:
Numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers (especially thumb and first two fingers)
Fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent
As symptoms become worse:
Decreased grip strength
Difficult to form a fist
Trouble grasping small objects or performing other manual tasks
Some people are unable to tell the between hot and cold by touch
Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When people think “Chiropractic,” they often think of back and neck problems. But Chiropractic has many applications beyond these typical uses, and it can improve quality of life for a broad range of health conditions.
The earlier that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome can be.
Chiropractic adjustments remove interferences in the nerves resulting in optimal spine and nerve function. Since Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of the nerve been pinched, you can see why Chiropractic is the best first option, as it is non-invasive, gentle, drug and surgery free.
Resource: Murphy, J., Floyd, R., Varnum, C., & Alcantara, J. (2014) Resolution of Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2014, 206-210