Chiropractic Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive stress injuries are one of the major complaints for which individuals seek chiropractic care. As this type of injury occurs from the stress of repeatedly doing the same action or motion over and over again, it can be very difficult and frustrating to treat since the action is usually directly related to one’s employment or lifestyle. One such injury is called carpal tunnel syndrome. 

A narrow passage on the palm side of the wrist, formed by bones and ligaments, serves as a tunnel to protect the main nerve that goes down into hand, as well as the tendons that extend to bend the fingers. Long periods of excessive bending and flexing, without rest or deviation in motion, can cause swelling which will eventually put pressure on that main median nerve. Initial onset may present as merely a vague ache, gradually increasing to tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can become not only painful but also debilitating, as the full range of functional motion in the hand and fingers diminishes. 

Traditional treatment is usually limited to wearing braces on the wrist for support or to submit to a surgical procedure releasing the pressure on the median nerve. Your local chiropractic professional, however, will take a unique and individualized approach to correcting this problem through manipulative therapy to the entire arm, emphasizing specifically the joints of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Neuromuscular massage is used to release the muscles of the back, neck and chest, while unwinding the tissues around the joint in the wrists to break up adhesions causing swelling. Chiropractic physiotherapy will also help correct movement patterns that are actually causing the condition. In strengthening and retraining those repetitive movements, long-term relief can be obtained.