Important Facts About Carpal Tunnel
By Virginia Laird
Most people consider the use of chiropractic care for back or neck pain. Such care can be used as supportive care for many other ailments that may plague you or others in your family. It is important to always keep an open mind when considering chiropractic care. It is safe for people of all ages. The benefits go far beyond the joints. Not everyone has experienced the pain that accompanies carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). However, those who have know the discomfort can keep one from accomplishing simple tasks. These tasks can include but are not limited to:
- Holding light items (including a hairbrush)
- Opening cans
- Cooking and cleaning
- Getting dressed or folding clothes
What Can Cause Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repeated use of the wrist joint and muscles. It is technically categorized as a “repetitive stress injury.” Over time the usage can cause great pain. CTS has many causes. Many of the causes go overlooked. It is a safe bet that any job or usage of the wrist that puts stress on that joint and muscles can cause CTS. Some include:
- Assembly line work
- Typing for long hours at a time
- Sign language interpreting
- Pregnancy (this type can come and go with some pregnancies)
What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Studies show that chiropractic care can help manage the pain of CTS as well. It can also help to increase the range of motion and flexibility in the wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Reduced mobility in the wrist
- Painful movement
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, You don’t have to live with this pain any longer. Your chiropractor can help without the use of any invasive procedures. At your initial visit, you may be X-rayed in order for your chiropractor to better evaluate the extent of the damage.
How Can a Chiropractor Help
Through a series of adjustments in the upper back, shoulder and even wrist, your pain can be under control in a matter of a few visits. Your chiropractor will also introduce stretches and exercises that will help increase the mobility of your wrists. It may also be recommended to rest your wrists by wearing a splint for a short amount of time. As you begin to regularly visit your chiropractor you are likely to experience an improvement in your ability to accomplish things you had trouble with previously.
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.