How Can a Chiropractor Help Treat Carpal Tunnel?

The American Chiropractic Association recommends chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome. Many people develop this ailment because of many factors, including hours of computer work. Instead of taking pain relievers, people seek a more natural way to relieve the pain. This natural relief can come from chiropractors. If you want to know how a chiropractor can help treat your carpal tunnel, here’s what you should know.


The Basics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


This syndrome starts when the tissues in your wrist press against the median nerve. This specific nerve comes from the spinal bones in your neck. It spans the length of your arm, down to your wrist or carpal tunnel. Pressure to the median nerve can begin anywhere from the neck to the wrist.


Carpal tunnel causes tingling, pain, and numbness in your hand or arm. These symptoms seem to be worse on the hand’s thumb side. The tingling or pain travels through your forearm. It then penetrates your shoulder. The syndrome may cause shock-like feelings in the index, ring, and middle fingers. The thumb can also feel this shock.


The weakness from this syndrome can make it challenging to perform tasks that involve the use of your fingers or hand. Dropping things becomes constant. The syndrome worsens at night if you bend your wrists while sleeping. During the day, it worsens when you drive or hold something for minutes.  


Proper Diagnosis


Chiropractors begin the diagnosis by asking you probing questions. The interview can pinpoint the risk factors. They can also make a physical assessment. This will involve triggering the symptoms by putting pressure on your carpal tunnel. This is possible by poking, tapping, or stretching your median nerve. Neurological testing can also determine if the patient has lost muscle strength in a specific area.


Gentle Massage


Your chiropractor can manipulate your elbow or wrist. This can help relieve the pressure on your median nerve. Massage therapy is a non-invasive way to reduce numbness, inflammation, and pain. The kneading motion lengthens and relaxes the fascia and muscles in the hand, neck, wrist, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and upper arm.


Ice Therapy


A hot compress widens the blood vessels and increases blood flow. It can cause more pain, pressure, and inflammation. A cold compress relieves carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Ice can reduce inflammation and numb the pain. It narrows the blood vessels, decreasing the flow of blood in the affected area.


Correct Exercises


Your chiropractor can teach you the right exercises that can relieve your carpal tunnel symptoms. These workouts can help the median nerve slide through the wrist. It helps improve your hand’s function. It can also enhance your range of motion. Below are a few of the exercises your chiropractor can show you:


  • Medial nerve glides
  • Wrist extension stretch
  • Wrist flexion stretch


Your chiropractor can help treat your carpal tunnel. Regular sessions can stretch or slide the median nerve. It can also loosen the joints and muscles in the affected areas. At Frame Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we only provide custom-fit chiropractic treatments to our patients.

To schedule an in-person consultation, call 419-573-0077 to reach our office in Toledo, Ohio.

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