Every day, those working on computers, those who perform manual labor, and anyone using their hands with repetitive activities, receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists. Over time, for many people, this can result in a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. But how does this occur? Typically the pain, throbbing, numbness, and sometimes weakness, comes from a compressed nerve, the median nerve in fact. From the tip of your finger, this nerve travels through your carpal tunnel (a pathway formed by the small bones in your wrist) in your wrist, past your elbow, into your upper arm, shoulder, neck, and finally to your spinal cord. Problems can develop in one or multiple areas along the path.
After a thorough examination, your chiropractor will determine whether your problems are coming from the median nerve. From there, chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, arm, and neck may be utilized to take pressure off the nerve and restore normal motion. Other therapies may include kinesiology taping, infrared heat, massage therapy, and more depending on your unique situation. With time and proper treatment, chiropractic therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Take home message, if you have persistent pain, numbness, weakness, or a symptom that isn’t going away, please consult your chiropractor for natural, drug and surgery free treatment options. Read on to see other tips you can use at work and home to help remedy carpal tunnel syndrome. As always, please give us a call at San Pedro Chiropractic Clinic at (310) 548-5656 for more information, we are always here to help you.
Tips for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief:
- When typing, keep your wrists in a straight position, rather than flexed or bent. Try to position your keyboard so your wrists and forearms are parallel to the floor.
- Take breaks every 30 or 60 minutes to give your neck, back, arms, and wrists a break. This can be something as simple as standing up and stretching, taking a 5-minute walk around your office, or going up and down a couple flights of stairs.
- Reposition your monitor, you want the top of your monitor slightly below eye level, this helps prevent us from leaning in and bending our necks down all day long during work or computer time.
- Sit back in your chair, use lumbar support if your chair doesn’t offer any, and keep your feet flat on the floor. If your feet don’t touch the ground, us a footrest.
- Try to look straight ahead at your monitor as opposed to turning your head to the side for extended periods of time.
- Give your eyes a break, every now and again look away from your computer and focus your eyes on a distant object or two to avoid eye strain.
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