Between 4 and 10 million Americans have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). It is a common ailment that many people suffer from, but it’s not something you have to suffer from.
We offer non-invasive way to treat CTS. We use a variety of techniques to relieve pain and pressure in the wrist. Treatments for it can be life-changing for patients.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness and tingling in the hand. Pressure on the median nerve in your wrist causes CTS symptoms.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling sensations and numbness in the fingers and hands. CTS also causes pain and weakness in the hand and fingers and difficulty with gripping objects tightly. Many people have difficulty with activities requiring repetitive movements, such as typing or playing sports.
FUN FACT: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve gets compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel – a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of the hand. This is how it gets its name.
The pain in CTS comes from when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, this can lead to numbness and tingling in the fingers.
A few different factors can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The most common causes are:
There are ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome such as taking frequent breaks from typing or other keyboard-related tasks. Stretching your wrists and drinking plenty of water also helps.
Sometimes, people do these things and still have carpal tunnel pain. This is when seeking treatment for carpal tunnel is a must.
You may be wondering how exactly a chiropractor treats carpel tunnel. However, there are a variety of ways our chiropractors may treat your carpel tunnel:
Manual adjustments from a chiropractor are one way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. These adjustments restore proper alignment of your joint surfaces. They also help to reduce pressure on nerves in the area.
A manual adjustment is the chiropractor’s way of using their hands to restore mobility to your joints and relieve nerve pressure.
There are also soft tissue procedures and certain modalities that can reduce muscle tightness and inflammation. Therapies, such as Shockwave Therapy, can stimulate the healing of those areas and relieve pain.
The median nerve is responsible for feeling, movement, and sensation in the hand, arm, and shoulder. This nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow passage in the wrist.
Nerve Gliding or Nerve Flossing is a pain free type of therapy that relieves pressure on the median nerve by freeing the nerve from both restrictions and adhesions. This relaxing therapy is conducted through the use of a small, handheld instrument called an instrumented glove.
Wrist stretching is an effective way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a physical therapy technique that we often use to relieve pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Many stretches used by chiropractors in Boulder can also work at home, so you can find relief throughout the day.
A chiropractor will stretch your wrist by moving it into different positions with gentle pressure applied at each point. This helps to release tension from your wrist and allows the nerves to regain their mobility.
Here are a couple stretches that are recommended.
A Chiropractor uses a variety of alignment methods to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. The most common treatments are adjustments to the spine and extremities, manual therapy, and rehabilitative exercises. In fact, adjusting other parts of the body can vastly improve your carpal tunnel symptoms.
You don’t have to live with the pain. Wrist pain is debilitating at times. We know how to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and get you in a pain-free state faster.
If you want to speak with a doctor or are ready to get started with carpal tunnel treatments, we are here for you.
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