Heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Naturally in Waterford, MI
The hand and wrist are made up of a complex system of tissues, joints, and nerves. The main nerve that travels from the wrist to the hand – the median nerve – can become compressed leading to a common problem known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome begins slowly and becomes worse over time, so it is crucial to address the problem before it becomes serious. For severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is often the only option. However, there are also many effective ways to heal carpal tunnel syndrome naturally.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome range from mild to severe and affect the first four fingers of the hand. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, weakness or an “electric shock” feeling. Symptoms are often most prevalent at night causing you to wake up with pain in your hand. Movement can help to alleviate the pain.
Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve which happens if the carpal tunnel becomes narrow or if the nerve becomes inflamed.
Repetitive movements can cause the carpal tunnel to narrow. Several conditions can cause the nerve to swell such as pregnancy and diabetes.
Natural treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome
The primary course of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is to rest the wrist and hand. Applying a splint can immobilize the area and prevent the nerve from touching the canal.
Hot and cold therapy
Cold therapy can help to reduce the inflammation in the nerve while heat boosts blood supply to the area to promote healing and makes the tissues more malleable allowing you to stretch the area and improve your hand and wrist movement.
Your chiropractor may also recommend a series of exercises to strengthen the hand and wrist and open the carpal tunnel. This can help to restore your full range of movement and alleviate stiffness and pain.
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