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Smart Ways to Handle Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By Sandy Schroeder

When burning, tingling sensations and numbness show up in your hand and fingers, and your grip weakens, it’s time to get help.

If the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand gets pinched in the narrow tunnel at the wrist, known as the carpal tunnel, the weakness, numbness or pain can appear in the hand or wrist creating carpal tunnel syndrome.

People who spend a lot of time on a keyboard or repeating specific tasks like cleaning, sewing or assembling parts, are all at risk for CTS. Wrist injury, inflammatory arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions, can also trigger CTS. Prevention begins with good posture, enough breaks, exercises, and stretching while on the job.

If you, or someone in your family, is facing CTS, getting help promptly is essential. A friend of mine worked on keyboards for years. When she ran into CTS, she was in a panic as her hands became almost useless. But she made her way back to her normal routines after treatment.

Seeing Your Chiropractor

When you come in, your chiropractor will focus on the problem to see if daily activities or other disorders are the cause as health history and routines are reviewed.

A spinal adjustment may be used to evaluate overall spinal health. Cold packs or immobilization may be used initially, followed by joint manipulation. Overall, the goal will be to seek pain relief without medications or surgery.

As treatment progresses, your chiropractor will monitor your progress, providing the needed support to help you get back on track.

Prevention.com recommends these stretches to ease pain and maintain flexibility.

Wrist Extension - Either seated or standing, extend one arm in front of your body at shoulder level with fingers pointing upward. Grasp fingertips with the opposite hand, and gently pull them toward your body until you feel a stretch under your wrist. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch sides.

Finger Flexion and Extension – Sitting upright, extend both arms in front of the body with palms facing down. Flex fingers to make a “claw.” Then spread fingers as far apart as you can. Repeat 5 to 10 times every half hour while doing keyboard work.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you makes everything simple. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments needed.

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

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