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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

closeup of hands with hand painCarpal tunnel syndrome is most commonly caused by repetitive actions one may perform professionally or as a hobby. These include typing, carpentry work, knitting, baking, etc. However, on occasion, CTS can also be linked to medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and others. The condition can also be caused by trauma to the wrist and, on occasion, by pregnancy.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel come from compression of the median nerve by swelling in the wrist or narrowing of the entrance to the wrist where the nerve passes through. Symptoms can be intermittent or constant and range from tingling and numbness to pain in the thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger.

Offering a Variety of Natural Solutions

When treating carpal tunnel, we look at the whole pathway of the affected nerve, from the neck to the hand. If we find any biomechanical dysfunction along this pathway, various treatment methods such as joint manipulation, soft tissue manipulation, Kinesio Taping, and acupuncture may be used.

It also may be advisable to rest the affected arm, apply cold to decrease inflammation, and perform specific exercises. You also can wear a splint or brace to immobilise the area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I wear a wrist brace for my CTS?

A brace is often prescribed to help protect the wrist and keep it immobilised. While it may alleviate some symptoms, wearing a brace doesn’t address the malfunctioning joints that are causing the problem. Chiropractic care addresses the root cause.

How long until patients begin to feel better?

The recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome can take anything from weeks to months, depending on each patient’s circumstances and the severity of the nerve compression.

I’ve previously had surgery for my CTS; can chiropractic still benefit me?

If you have had surgery for CTS in the past, then chiropractic care for your carpal tunnel may not prove beneficial. That’s because once your body undergoes a surgery like carpal tunnel surgery, it’s not in the original design. That’s why we encourage those with CTS to seek chiropractic first before surgery.

How does acupuncture help CTS?

Acupuncture can help to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome and can be of particular benefit in combination with other complementary treatments. Acupuncture for carpal tunnel works by stimulating the local nerve function, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Altogether this can mean a faster recovery with less pain.

Take That First Step Towards Relief

If you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, we want to help. Contact The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay) today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.


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