Carpal Tunnel From Driving? Yes, It Can Happen!
By Donna Stark
When the topic of carpal tunnel syndrome comes up, do you automatically picture someone sitting in front of a computer, typing for hours on end, day after day after day? Many people do, and while it is true that is often the cause of this painful condition, carpal tunnel syndrome can develop from other activities too. One of those activities that few people even think about is something most of us do every single day ... driving. Fortunately, there is help and your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can deliver it!
Carpal Tunnel From Driving? Yes, It Can Happen
If your office is behind the wheel, if you combine your work on a computer with a long commute home, or if you simply enjoy hitting the roads over the weekend, you need to be aware of the risks. Carpal tunnel can develop quite easily and will sneak up on you when you least expect it. Take a look at the signs of carpal tunnel below and then keep reading to find out how you can relieve the pain or reduce the risk of it occurring from too much driving in the first place.
- Burning, tingling, numbness, or pain in the thumb and fingers
- Pain and tingling that travels up your forearm
- Shock-like sensations
- Weakness in your hand
- Stiffness in fingers
- Inability to make a fist
It's important to address any symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome as soon as possible because if you don't, the condition can get worse and you may lose the ability to perform simple, daily tasks.
Reducing Risk and Pain
Even though carpal tunnel syndrome can turn into a debilitating condition, that doesn't mean there isn't anything you can do to reduce both your risk and pain. Here are some simple driving tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that may make a difference.
- Relax your grip or switch hands frequently
- Take plenty of breaks to gently stretch hands and wrists
- Avoid bending your wrist
- Wear a brace that keeps your wrist and hand straight
- Use hands-free devices
- Wear gloves to keep your hands warm
- Pay attention to your posture
- Get adjusted regularly
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
A spine that is not in proper alignment and joints that are not functioning the way they are supposed to may exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome and irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments place the spine and other joints in correct alignment which can help increase mobility, reduce inflammation, improve the body's communications with the nervous system, and speed healing. So, come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today! They're only just a short drive away and it couldn't be any easier because more than likely, you're already in the car, right?
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.