Repetitive motion of the wrist is a common part of many jobs, from dog groomers and hair stylists to office workers. We use our wrists a lot in order to make full use of our hands, and repeating the same motion over and over again can lead to a painful condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome begins in the median nerve in the arm. This nerve has to run through a narrow hole that travels between your wrist and your hand. When this nerve gets compressed, you feel the pain and tingling associated with carpal tunnel.
Chiropractic care may seem like an unlikely solution for carpal tunnel syndrome, but it may prove beneficial for people suffering from it. In order to resolve the issue, your Chiropractor will take a look at the wrist, elbow, and upper spine. Adjustments will be made to open up the pathway, providing relief.
Studies have shown that carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t necessarily start at the wrist, and trying to heal it there may not be completely helpful. In order to successfully treat CTS, you need to start at the upper spine, and that’s where chiropractic can come in.
Is It Effective?
Case studies focusing on individuals have found chiropractic care to be a highly effective form of treatment. No large scale studies have been done on chiropractic care, but what studies have been done are very promising. People who have used chiropractic care to relieve chiropractic showed improved grip strength, as well as a relief from symptoms.
How effective chiropractic care will be varies from patient to patient, the same as it will for other treatments such as physical therapy or surgery. Some people may find it helped very little, while others may make a full recovery.
Why Choose Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is less invasive than other solutions, such as surgery. It also may be more likely to solve the root cause of the problem, as recent science has found that carpal tunnel may be symptomatic of problems elsewhere in the body.
In one of these studies, 71 women with carpal tunnel had their range of motion examined. The researchers found that these women all had restricted range of cervical motion compared to healthy women. The researcher measuring range of motion was blinded to their health conditions, so that this would not impact the quality of the research.
This may mean that surgery isn’t resolving the problem at all, but merely providing relief of a symptom. Adjusting the upper spine to relieve the tension causing the CTS in the first place may make surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome obsolete.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that can limit your ability to work, and even to enjoy life. The pain can rob you of the use of your hands. If you’re suffering from CTS, it may be worth trying chiropractic to help ease symptoms. It’s non-invasive, and could bring the relief you are looking for.
For more information on how All Health Chiropractic can help treat and ease carpal tunnel syndrome, reach out to us today. We have 3 convenient Cleveland area locations to serve you.