Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and arm and associated weakness or wasting away your hand muscles that are supplied by your median nerve.

The Carpal Tunnel is a tunnel of bones and ligaments in your wrist that lies over the top of the Median nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when tendons in your wrist become inflamed after being aggravated and “pinch” the nerves that reach your fingers and the muscle at the base of your thumb.

Often, when there is a misalignment of one or more of your spinal bones in the neck, the brain is not able to send a strong, steady nerve current to your arm and hand. This imperfect nerve flow can cause an inflammation or swelling of your median nerve, which is then easily irritated within your wrist by repetitive movement. The resulting numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness is often confused with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

While there is little agreement in the medical community about the causes of Carpal Tunnel, there is a possibility that chiropractic can help.

Through gentle manipulation, the spinal bones in your neck can be re-aligned, relieving the pressure on your affected nerves, allowing strong nerve current to flow from your brain to the affected area. This is the best way to take care of pain associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as often times, people do not have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but a pinched nerve.

Having the neck and upper back assessed has saved countless people from unnecessary therapies and surgeries.

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