WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL?
If you’re feeling numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand, consider asking your doctor to check you for carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s caused by pressure on your median nerve, which runs the length of the arm, goes through a passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel, and ends in the hand. The median controls the movement and feeling of your thumb, and also the movement of all your fingers except your pinky. This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Surgery should be the last option and only reserved for those where there is a positive electrodiagnostic test, and there has been a course of unsuccessful treatment. We urge you to try our services out as research shows over 80% of carpal tunnel surgery is optional or even unnecessary!(1)
Chiropractic adjustments can be made to the small carpal bones. When the bones are misaligned or fixated, they can bind off the median nerve and cause the symptoms of carpal tunnel. Graston therapy and Rapid Release are very effective in alleviating carpal tunnel symptoms and often times can help avoid surgery! Sometimes a night splint is necessary due to compression happening at night. If you find yourself waking up with symptoms of carpal tunnel, you might be sleeping on your hand or placing it in an awkward position for long period of time.
(1) Indications for performing carpal tunnel surgery: clinical quality measures. Melinda A. Maggard, Neil G. Harness, Walter T. Chang, Janak A. Parikh, Steven M. Asch, Teryl K. Nuckols, Carpal Tunnel Quality Group Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jul; 126(1): 169–179. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181da8685