If you work in an office or spend a lot of time typing on your computer, you may have been warned about the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome develops when the median nerve, which runs from your neck all the way to your hands, becomes squeezed or compressed–which frequently occurs in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passage through the bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands, and the symptoms tend to get worse with time. Fortunately, our team at Mapleview Chiropractic Centre has the right expertise to help alleviate these symptoms.
The first step in treating carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosing the problem in the first place. Your chiropractor will examine your hands and wrists to determine if there is pressure on the carpal tunnel and will also usually examine your cervical spine to see if the vertebrae in your neck are also contributing to your symptoms.
The next step is known as chiropractic adjustment. Your chiropractor will use gentle, noninvasive techniques to manipulate your hands, wrists, and arms to relieve pressure on the affected joints. In cases where the cervical spine is also contributing to your symptoms, the chiropractor will make adjustments there too, which will help relieve pressure at the top of the nerve.
Many chiropractors will also recommend or provide massage therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome. Massage therapy helps to relax the muscles and fascia of the affected area, which in turn helps relieve pain and other symptoms.