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Will Visiting a Chiropractor Help With Carpal Tunnel?

By Janin Hendry

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common physical complaint for anyone who uses their hands and fingers in their daily life. The tingling and numbness can make doing things like typing at your computer or holding items more difficult. Visiting a chiropractor can be a way to moderate the physical problems that develop as a result of carpal tunnel.

What Is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel occurs when the nerves that run throughout your hands narrow. The narrowing passages damage your hands' connective tissues, making it more difficult for the ligaments to stretch and contract.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel develops in a multitude of ways. Often, the reason for its development is due to multiple factors.

Repetitive use - Repetitive use wear through manual work or typing can cause carpal tunnel to develop. The movement aggravates the muscles in your wrists and hands, causing tendons to swell.

Health conditions - Diabetes and arthritis are two conditions that can encourage the development of carpal tunnel. They will not cause it but can aggravate the conditions as they develop.   

Poor hand and wrist position - Hands do not always end up in the right position. As you sleep, your body can restrict or trap your hand under your body or into odd positions. Activities like karate and cycling also put your wrists into positions that are not healthy to keep them in.

Heredity - You can inherit hand problems and be born with more narrow nerves, making carpal tunnel development more likely.

What Are the Signs of Carpal Tunnel?

Not all hand conditions can be carpal tunnel. Talk with your doctor for an official diagnosis if you experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel.

  • Fine movements are more difficult because of hand weakness
  • Pain that runs up or down your arm
  • Bumps to your hand can cause shocks that radiate through your hand
  • There are tingles and numbness that runs through your fingers and thumb

How Can A Chiropractor Help You?

Carpal tunnel is often treated with surgery long-term medication to reduce pain, hand braces, or surgery. The procedure severs the medial nerve to take the strain off of the ligaments in your hands. A chiropractor can help you by adjusting the nerves in your back and your hand to help reduce pain.

Final Thoughts

Visiting a chiropractor can reduce the inflammation around your body while relieving the pressure in the nerves around your body. They can provide a non-invasive option to reduce the amount of pain in your hand and wrists.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic Clinic in Austin, Tex.  

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