This syndrome gets its name from the location where the nerve irritation/compression most often occurs, in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Anatomically, the bones of the wrist are positioned in an arch-shaped arrangement that leaves enough space for nerves, tendons and blood vessels to pass to the hand and fingers, this area is called the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). If the passageway of this tunnel becomes crowded, the resulting pressure on the median nerve can result in CTS.
Because chiropractors are accustomed to dealing with problems of the joints, muscles and nerves, many patients with CTS consult with their chiropractor.
How does chiropractic help?
Whereas traditional medicine tends to focus in the area of the pain, chiropractors will consider the entire kinetic chain and go to the source of the problem. It is important to consider the mechanics of your neck, upper back, elbow and wrist. Subluxations in these areas could be one of the main contributing factors to CTS.
When joints are not aligned properly, the resulting inflammation and pain can cause spasm of the muscles in the area of the subluxation, plus irritation of the surrounding soft tissues. This alone could be the cause of the swelling and irritation of the tendons in the carpal tunnel. Sometimes, just a quick and gentle adjustment applied to one of the joints in these areas can help relieve the pressure.
When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome, like any other maladies in the body, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! You should always…
- Consider the ergonomics of your workstation. Repetitive movement when your muscles and joints are at a disadvantage lead to repetitive strain and pain.
- Take regular breaks when your job/project requires repetitive tasks. During breaks, a little bit of stretching can go a long way.
- Seek a chiropractor when the CTS symptoms are just beginning to show up. The earlier you attend to these aches and pains, the better the chances of coming to a quick resolution of this painful condition.
Have questions? Ask you chiropractor about carpal tunnel syndrome!