How a Chiropractor Can Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As technology has become more intertwined in our everyday lives, people who work at desks are the most common folks to experience carpal tunnel symptoms. Typing with strained wrist flexion and additional lack of support is one of the most regular causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Other professions that require repetitive type wrist motion are also prone to this type of injury, such as chefs or drivers. The first step in combating CTS is by addressing the functional design of the work station. This can be done by providing support to the wrist at a keyboard, and making sure your chair is the correct height in proportion to the desk.
Why is CTS so painful?
Your median nerve is being crushed in between inflamed ligaments when you are experiencing CTS. What is a nerve? A nerve carries information from your surrounding environment back to your brain. This information can sometimes cause you to feel pain, as is the case with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Have you ever put your hand too close to a hot stove? Your sensory nerves are responsible for carrying this painful signal back to your brain. Your motor nerves tell your hand to move away quickly. But, what happens when you can’t move your hand away from a painful signal? That’s right, the situation only gets worse, and is what happens with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. When you experience chronic pain, and it continually worsens, your body feels helpless and defends itself with an inflammatory response.
How a Chiropractor can help
Chiropractors can provide non-invasive treatments that may alleviate symptoms and improve function of the areas of your body affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Common techniques used by chiropractors to treat CTS include laser, ultrasound, or shockwave therapy. Based on the severity of symptoms, use of a wrist splint may be prescribed. Early detection and diagnosis are highly recommended in order to determine the best course of treatment for you. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of professional experience treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you feel as if you may be experiencing symptoms related to CTS, we urge you to schedule an appointment with us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!