Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Insight, Care, and a Path to Recovery
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. Although it arises when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm, is compressed or squeezed at the wrist, many times issues with the neck can be a contributing factor that is commonly overlooked. At Nourish Family Chiropractic in Etobicoke, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive understanding of CTS, thorough examination exploring all contributing factors and offering effective care solutions.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of the wrist. When the tunnel becomes narrowed or when tissues surrounding the flexor tendons swell, it can compress the median nerve, leading to CTS.
Common causes and risk factors include:
Repetitive Hand Movements: Continuous typing or other repetitive motions can strain the wrist.
Wrist Anatomy: A wrist fracture or dislocation can alter the space within the carpal tunnel.
Underlying Health Conditions: Conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid gland imbalance can contribute to CTS.
Fluid Retention: Pregnancy or menopause can cause fluid retention, increasing pressure within the carpal tunnel.
Neck/Spine Problems: Losing curvature in the cervical spine can add tension to the nerves contributing to CTS symtoms.
Chiropractic Approach to Carpal Tunnel in Etobicoke
Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to managing and alleviating CTS symptoms:
Comprehensive Evaluation: A thorough assessment to determine the severity and cause of the condition.
Adjustments - Wrist and Neck: Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate nerve compression and promote optimal wrist function.
Therapeutic Exercises: Guidance on stretches and strengthening exercises to support wrist and hand health.
Ergonomic Recommendations: Tips on workspace setup, posture, and hand positioning to prevent strain and further injury.
Regaining Hand Harmony
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a significant impediment in daily life, but with the right care and guidance, relief is within reach. At Nourish Family Chiropractic, we're committed to helping you navigate the challenges of CTS and embrace a life of hand comfort and functionality.