Heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Naturally in Garden City, MI
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition caused by the compression and irritation of the median nerve that travels through the wrist and into the hand. The nerve passes through the carpal tunnel and is responsible for bending the thumb and fingers. Any compression of this tunnel causes pain and discomfort. The good news is that it’s possible to heal carpal tunnel syndrome naturally.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Repetitive pressure on the nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. When the tunnel becomes smaller due to inflammation or swelling, it presses on the nerve.
It’s a common condition in occupations that require repetitive motions in the wrist such as a mechanic, assembly-line worker, gardener, or anyone who works at a computer.
Illnesses such as hypothyroidism and diabetes, as well as pregnancy, can cause swelling of the tunnel and median nerve. The condition can also have hereditary factors, as the tunnel is narrower in some people.
Carpal tunnel syndrome presents itself as tingling, burning, numbness, and pain in the thumb, and index, middle and ring fingers. The pain can feel similar to an electric shock that can travel up the forearm. It can make tying shoes and buttoning clothes difficult.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Your chiropractor will examine your hands, shoulders, arms, neck, and wrists to determine if the symptoms are caused by your daily activities or an underlying disorder. In addition to reviewing your medical history, your chiropractor may perform spinal manipulation to evaluate your overall spinal health.
Natural, non-invasive treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome may include wrist splints to immobilize the wrist and prevent further injury. Applying cold packs to help alleviate swelling, strengthening and stretching exercises, chiropractic joint manipulation, soft-tissue mobilization techniques, and yoga can all help. Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your diagnosis.
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