Carpal tunnel syndrome, aka median nerve entrapment, is one of the most common nerve disorders, affecting somewhere between four and 10 million Americans. It is caused by repetitive stress on the wrist joint, which houses the median nerve. And it is also easily treatable with chiropractic.
So how do we get carpal tunnel? The nerve passes through a very small tunnel that is surrounded by the carpal bones of the wrist and then wrapped up with a wide tendon that compresses the wrist for stability. It is at this junction where the majority of inflammation and compression on the nerve occur, creating that familiar numbness and tingling sensations in the thumb and first and second fingers.
The median nerve can also become entrapped in the cervical nerve roots in the neck. When your head remains in a forward position (hi again, tech neck), these nerve roots get stretched and the vertebrae become fixed outside of their proper position. This creates torsion on the nerve that can contribute to carpal tunnel symptoms.
Regular chiropractic adjustments to the hands and neck free up immobilities to allow for proper gliding of the bones and nerves, in turn alleviating inflammation and related symptoms. Just dont wait till the pain is so bad that you can’t stand it—pain meds may help keep symptoms at bay, but they will not restore function, and surgery can cause more scarring and tissue buildup around the nerve tunnel, possibly making the situation worse than it was before. Chiropractors offer preventative care for the best long term results. Come get adjusted!