Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful affliction that can affect almost anyone at some point in his or her life. Carpal Tunnel, a repetitive stress injury, occurs in people who engage in repetitive tasks for work or during their leisure activities. If your job requires lots of typing or other repetitive movements such as assembly line work, or if you spend a lot of time playing video games or even knitting, you may develop Carpal Tunnel as a result. Since this ailment is so common, many alternative treatments have developed to bring relief for the pain. Chiropractic is one of the most common all-natural, non-invasive treatments you can receive for Carpal Tunnel.

How Can A Chiropractor Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Chiropractic care is normally associated with back and neck problems, but chiropractic treatments can actually promote good health throughout your body by treating many common and uncommon ailments. A chiropractor will examine the wrist and elbow of a patient affected with carpal tunnel, as well as the upper spine. You may be wondering why a chiropractic doctor will work on your spinal column for a problem affecting your wrists and arms. As it turns out, misalignments in the spinal column, known as vertebral subluxations, can actually contribute to the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. A chiropractor will, over the course of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, gently realign your spinal column to its natural posture by applying controlled pressure to the affected area.

When your spine is misaligned, your nervous system may experience blockages or interference from the subluxation. This will cause pain and inflammation in the joints and ligaments throughout your body, and will contribute to the pain from the compression of nerves in your wrists during carpal tunnel syndrome symptom flare-ups. A properly aligned spinal cord will restore essential communication between the brain and the nervous system, which can help your body heal itself at a much faster and more efficient rate. In addition to a spinal column adjustment, your chiropractor may work to apply controlled pressure to the joints of your wrists and elbows to speed up the healing time and apply effective pain relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These gentle manipulations can restore the nervous system while reducing pain and inflammation.

At-Home Treatment Between Sessions

Your chiropractic doctor will probably advise you to rest the affected arm, and possibly recommend wearing a splint to keep it immobile. You will probably want to also apply ice or cold packs to help reduce the inflammation and any potential swelling. These at-home treatments will work in conjunction with your chiropractic sessions to help bring pain relief and treat your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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