Repetitive hand and wrist motion recieve micro traumas to their hands and wrists daily. Think clerks, receivers, shipment, keyboard operators, cell phone use, musicians, assembly line workers, waitstaff, baristas and many others. Vibration and repetitive motion can result in carpal tunnel syndrome. When combined with other spinal problems and joint dysfunction it worsens symptoms of this disorder. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and loss of strength in the hands.
The carpal tunnel is a path way through your wrist that gets compressed during certain strenuous or repetitive activity, and it blocks blood flow and nerve signal to the hand. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help return malfunctioning joints to a more normal motion and position.
The major nerve controlling the thumb, index and parts of the middle and ring finger is called the median nerve. It travels from the tip of your fingers through the wrist, up the arm and to your spinal cord. Problems can develop in any of these areas. The carpal tunnel is formed by bones in the wrists, and the median nerve, tendons and blood pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming in this tunnel should collapse, inflammation, nerve pressure, and pain can result.
Problems can also develop as a result of the spinal column being misaligned at the point in which the nerves connect to the spine. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, you can experience problems in the fingers and wrist.
With adjustments specific to this syndrome, chiropractic can help normalize the structure and reduce nerve irritation. When given time, chiropractic has had excellent results helping people with carpal tunnel syndrome without drugs or surgery!