Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined as a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones through a passage at the front of the wrist, alongside the flexor tendons of the hand. It may be caused by repetitive movements over a long period or by fluid retention and is characterized by sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning.
These are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, and the agitator is typically a computer job, but I wish it were as easy as cutting the transverse ligament, and all is well.
First, let’s discuss what carpal tunnel is not. The symptoms of carpal tunnel are very specific to the median nerve, so often times the symptoms people experience are vastly different but lumped into this category, and then there is a misdiagnosis.
In the chain of command, the cervical spine (neck), shoulder, elbow, and wrist bones themselves are usually players. If the hand was operating by its own cognizance, we could isolate the problem there, but it is much too complicated. In fact, if you could trace back this chain of command, you could find that the body has full radiculopathy. This means that the brain runs down the cord past the discs through the nerves, past all the previous landmarks to your hand. It is a posture/movement issue, nearly all of the time.
Even if you diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome with the more common thoracic outlet syndrome, the cause is the same. The body needs realigned, reset new posture, and proper movement.
When Be Well Chiropractic treats carpal tunnel syndrome, we adjust the entire chain of command. Likely, there are a wide variety of specific stretches that can and should be done daily. You have to understand. Surgery will provide temporary space and relief, and a brace will pump back the lymph fluid as long as you wear it, but scar tissue will form. And if you keep the same job, your mechanics wouldn’t have changed. This is an issue that needs retraining and serious work to get resolved.
The swelling: Anywhere there is compression of nerves, arteries, and veins, you will get stagnation in the lymph fluid and swelling. Adjusting the wrist, especially the lunate bone, Will bring back better movement. Kinesiotape and flexor muscle stripping are also options to go along with the adjustment.
Correcting carpal tunnel syndrome the natural and chiropractic way has long-term benefits. Your carpal tunnel is a red flag for the entire chain of biomechanics that needs to be corrected for the resolution of this problem and a good long career or life using your hands!