There are a lot of jobs today that involve a sedentary work environment. Since the COVID-19 lockdown, many people have been working from home and sitting in front of a computer all day. While laptops and computers make our jobs easier, our bodies still need movement.
While motion is important, certain repetitive movements, such as typing and using a mouse, can put a lot of strain and stress on your wrists and fingers, leading to the development of common issue people experience known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Even without a desk job, certain professions require you to perform repetitive hand motions for prolonged periods, which can cause carpal tunnel. For example, hairdressers, cashiers, window washers, mechanics and others can also develop this problem despite not working a desk job.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 1 to 3 US citizens out of 1000 are diagnosed with CTS every year.
So, how to know if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Also, if you do have Carpal Tunnel, can local Jupiter chiropractor treatment help you?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Cause and Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common and can cause weakness, numbness, and tingling in your hands. Sometimes physicians also refer to it as median nerve compression. The carpal tunnel is a tunnel made of bones and ligaments in our wrist.
The median nerve starts from the spinal cord in your neck, goes down your arm, passes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist, and ends at your hands and fingers. The carpal tunnel is in both wrists.
This median nerve controls sensation and mobility in our fingers, except for the pinky. CTS develops when this median nerve gets compressed or squeezed due to constant hand and wrist movement for a long duration.
Many symptoms can help make you aware if you may be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. You might experience all of them or some depending on the severity of your condition.
Weakness and numbness in the hands
Tingling, itching, or burning sensation in your fingers or palms
Difficulty in holding objects
Tingling sensation moving up your arm
Physical activities like driving or reading a book make the symptoms worse
If you experience any of these symptoms, your best to seek local Jupiter chiropractor treatment as soon as possible.
How Can Chiropractors Help in Carpal Tunnel Treatment?
Traditional CTS treatment involves using pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, wearing a splint, or even surgery. While these treatment methods can be effective in some cases reducing symptoms, they come with many risks, especially in cases of surgical intervention, and may inhibit the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Our Jupiter chiropractor treatment practice relies on non-invasive, drug-free, hands-on corrective care that focuses on fixing the root cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Not only does structural chiropractic care take address the core mechanical issue, but it also seeks to ensure that the problem does not aggravate in the future. As mentioned previously, Jupiter chiropractic treatment does not use pain relief medications to suppress the symptoms. This helps many patients avoid the side effects of these drugs, as well as possible opioid addiction I more severe cases.
Below are details on how our local Jupiter chiropractor treatment helps people overcome the struggles of carpal tunnel syndrome from the inside out.
Gonstead System of Chiropractic Care:
Gonstead chiropractic is often regarded as the highest benchmark in hands-on, chiropractic care. The doctors at Nordik Chiropractic, Dr. Steinarsson, Dr. Dagnyjarson and Dr. Cucullu, are the only licensed Gonstead chiropractors in Jupiter and have more than 500 hours of combined training in this field. They are experts in identifying the exact location of nerve impingement in your spine that may causing or contributing to the CTS. So, rest assured that you are in the best hands when it comes to caring for CTS and overcoming the issue naturally.
Spinal misalignments irritiating spinal nerves, known as vertebral subluxations, can cause or aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome, and chiropractic intervention becomes necessary in such cases. One study out of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that 90% of CTS patients were found to have nerve root irriation in their cervical spine – a condition known as Double Crush Phenomenon. The Gonstead method involves gentle hands-on spinal adjustments to relieve and restore mobility to your neck, arm and hands. This approach has a high success rate and has helped many of our patients.
Chiropractor Treatment for Carpal Tunnel:
We utilize non-invasive chiropractic adjustments to help patients overcome carpal tunnel syndrome. The frequency of treatment prescribed by our doctors will depend on their state of health including, but not limited to: the severity of the condition, how long the’ve had it and the pain level the patient is experiencing.
Hand and Wrist Support for Carpal Tunnel:
In addition to chiropractic care, sometimes a patient can take steps to reduce further injury. In such cases, we advise the patient to use wrist support to reduce compression and pressure on the wrist and keep it aligned with the arm.
Wrist support is primarily used in the recovery phase of the treatment and may act as a preventive measure against aggravating CTS. Wrist support and physical therapy in combination with regular chiropractic care, like the Gonstead method, can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome and prevent it from developing again.
Local Jupiter chiropractor treatment
Patients often come to us to get relief from pain that can be quite terrible and affecting their day-to-day lives. At Nordik Chiropractic, we not only focus on correcting the present issue but also make recommendations to help reduce future injury. We help relieve pain and restore health by correcting the underlying issue, without depending on pain medication or surgery.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 658-1180 to schedule an appointment. You do not need to suffer anymore. We are here to help.
Bland J, Ruldolpher S. Clinical Surveillance of carpal tunnel syndrome in two areas of the United Kingdom. 1991-2001. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 74:1684-9.