The main characteristics of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and wrist. Carpal tunnel usually occurs from repetitive motions, like typing, assembly line work, and the like. It can also come about during pregnancy or due to a number of other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.
While multiple things can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, the underlying issue and cause of it involves the median nerve. This nerve runs the entire length of your arm, from your hand all the way to your spinal column. This important nerve passes through an area in the wrist called—you guessed it—the carpal tunnel. When the carpal tunnel swells for whatever reason, it causes problems in the wrist, hand, and fingers due to interference with messages traveling down the median nerve.
Many doctors prescribe medication or physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, but Rochester Hills chiropractors have found that chiropractic provides a more long-term and effective solution for dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are four ways that chiropractic helps.
- It reduces swelling in the carpal tunnel.
Since this is the primary goal of carpal tunnel sufferers, it’s absolutely vital. Chiropractic care will get to the root of the issue—the swollen carpal tunnel—and work to restore proper function to this area. Through spinal adjustments and even adjustments of the wrist and hand, the carpal tunnel will receive the proper signals from the brain and work more effectively and without unnecessary swelling.
- It encourages proper blood flow.
Minimizing nerve interference is the name of the game in chiropractic. When there is less interference in your spine, hand, and arm, blood will move properly and your body will function more effectively, leading to fewer issues with carpal tunnel and less pain and discomfort.
- It removes spinal misalignments that may be to blame for the swelling.
We know that the median nerve is connected to our spinal cord, and we know that the health of our spinal cord is dependent upon the health of our spine. So while there may be other factors playing into carpal tunnel syndrome, removing spinal misalignments will only help the body to function better and reduce the severity of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- It boosts whole-body health.
Improving upon your whole-body health will help reduce carpal tunnel issues as well as decrease the severity of other issues. Since some of the understood causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include hypothyroidism, diabetes, and obesity, getting rid of those risk factors will further decrease carpal tunnel problems for you both long- and short-term.
For more information about Rochester Hills chiropractic care and how Dr. Tom and Dr. Brendan can help you with carpal tunnel syndrome, get in touch with Vitality Precision Chiropractic.