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A Holistic Approach to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment intervention for many who experience musculoskeletal problems because this discipline of alternative medicine takes into account the entire body with a holistic approach, rather than isolating certain body parts and addressing them individually. If there is a problem in one part of the body, a chiropractor is able to look at the body as a whole, interconnected mechanism to determine the cause of this problem instead of looking within one part of the body solely.

When a patient develops a certain musculoskeletal condition, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what to do and what treatment options may be available to bring about the best possible outcomes. A common condition that may leave individuals feeling helpless is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the nerves that run from our hand through a wrist are pinched, resulting in decreased communication in this area of the body. These nerves have a small channel to travel through and often end up crammed between narrow bone channels and connective tissue.

When a chiropractor treats a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome, the first step is to assess the alignment of the patient’s musculoskeletal system. While an orthopedist or another doctor that is not viewing the body holistically may look at the patient’s wrist and hands specifically, a chiropractor is able to look at the whole body to determine exactly why the patient’s condition is occurring and how to go about treating it. The problem may be with a part of the body that is nowhere near the wrist where the pain is occurring.

For example, a chiropractor may be able to find problems with alignment in the cervical spine, which then causes a structural malformation in the shoulder. This could result in improper layout of the nerves all throughout the arm, leading to a pinched nerve down in the wrist.

Rather than seeking treatment from a physician who is simply going to look at the wrist and prescribe pain killers, consider a chiropractor who may be able to identify alignment problems that are contributing directly to your pain and discomfort. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be tricky, but with the right approach, we can find what is causing it and hopefully find a way to treat it effectively.

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