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Tell Your Chiropractor About Your Carpal Tunnel

By Brandi Goodman 

Carpal tunnel is a syndrome that causes pain or discomfort to your wrists and hands. You may not realize that chiropractic care can help this -- the practice is often utilized for your back -- but it can. Any time you visit the chiropractor and are having issues with your carpal tunnel, let them know.

A Helpful Adjustment

Chiropractors can do far more than adjust your spine. Any joints within your body can be worked on by a chiropractor. Your wrist area is no exception. Let your doctor know you either have this syndrome or have at least been experiencing related symptoms. They can take a look and have you move your wrists and arms to determine if they can help. A proper adjustment to the wrists may be able to alleviate the discomfort you're feeling and improve your symptoms.

Exercise Guidelines

Preventive measures are effective at helping you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, or at least reducing symptoms. Your chiropractor may offer some exercise guidelines to help you prevent discomfort to your wrists/hands. If you have a job or hobby that involves frequent use of your hands and a regular bending of your wrist, these exercises will be especially helpful. If you work on a computer daily or play video games often, for example, then you're included. 

One exercise to try mimics a spider. Put your fingertips together from both hands. Turn your wrists downward so your fingers face down and your thumbs face up. Now move your fingers in an up and down motion, almost making it feel as though you're touching a mirror.  You can also simply push your hand down and then back to give your wrists a stretch or try wrist rolls clockwise and then counterclockwise. 

Additional Advice

Some more advice may be provided by your chiropractor. Ice packs can sometimes help alleviate pain. It may also be advised to try a wrist splint when you're feeling particularly sore, and take regular breaks from using your hands so you do not overwork them.

Leaving your carpal tunnel syndrome untreated can lead to extreme difficulty using your hands. You may experience pain, weakness, and a severe lack of coordination skills. If you've already been diagnosed, or believe you may be experiencing related symptoms, let your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic know so you can get assistance. Both an adjustment and some helpful exercise tips can help you find relief. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.

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