Why Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a Real Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Struggling each day with pain in your wrists and hands can make life downright unbearable. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common diagnosis that can lead to surgery, which involves the transverse carpal ligament being cut, causing a supposed relief for your tingling, numbness, and pain. The real purpose of cutting this ligament is to relieve the pressure that is being placed on the median nerve.
According to one recent study, surgical decompression of the transverse carpal ligament has innate value and produces significant relief of paresthesia and pain in over 70% of patients. Is this really an encouraging result though?
Think about it, seventy percent of patients should seem like a low success rate for such a quick and simple surgical fix for carpal tunnel. However, what if surgery wasn’t necessary and taken out of the equation altogether?
What if the cause of the pain in your wrists and hands had nothing to do with the wrist itself, but, rather, had everything to do with your spinal alignment and nervous system?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?:

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve ( a nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of your hand) becomes squeezed or pressed at the wrist. The median nerve is what controls the sensations to the palm side of your thumb and fingers (excluding the pinky), as well as impulses to some of the small muscles in your hand that allow the thumb and fingers to move.
The carpal tunnel itself is defined as a rigid, narrow passageway of bones and ligament at the base of the hand, which houses the median nerve and tendons. From time to time, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling will narrow the tunnel and cause the median nerve to be compressed.
After reading this definition, you should be wonder: “What is causing the tunnel to narrow?” The true answer is, a wide array of things. With millions of people being diagnosed each year with carpal tunnel syndrome and the diagnoses becoming more common, you can’t help but wonder if this is in relation to the transition in ergonomics that humans started experiencing at the onslaught of technology.
For decades, many medical professionals cited typing as the cause of carpal tunnel. Then patients arose who had never typed a single letter in their life, yet still described the same pain in the wrists and hands. Thus, the myth of carpal tunnel syndrome being simply a “typing disease” was virtually eliminated.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is categorized as a form of arthritis, which is literally defined as “inflammation of the joint”. In this case we are describing inflammation (swelling) in the wrist causing a narrowing of the tunnel/canal which encases the nerves that control motor function of the fingers and palm. This is why it should be of no surprise to feel pain with any amount of movement.
Although inflammation is technically intended to be a protective response of the human body, in this case it’s causing severe pressure to the nerves in your hand and wrist; thereby, causing pain at the site of the inflammation.

What is causing the tunnel to narrow from inflammation?

The median nerve runs from the tips of your fingers, up through the carpal tunnel, through your elbow and shoulder, before finally making its way into your spinal cord. Needless to say, this nerve is extremely long.
In actuality, you’ll feel pain in the palm of the hand if an injury occurs at any point along the median nerve. For instance, when you hit your funny bone on something you’ll instantly feel the tingling sensation in your hand.
Many experts now believe that the cause of the narrowing of the tunnel is not occurring at the site of the pain itself, but is, in fact, occurring in the neck; more specifically, the upper cervical neck where the median nerve originates.
It takes only a small amount of pressure in order to move the cervical vertebrae out of alignment, and when a misalignment is present in a patient, the nerves within the spinal cord become compromised. If you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the cause of your ailment lies within a compromised median nerve at the point of the cervical spine.

Why Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Carpal Tunnel?

Many Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia patients are given the ability to altogether eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms by choosing to fix the cause of the problem rather than cover up the symptom by using dangerous medications and surgeries.
Upper cervical chiropractic is a very gentle and precise form of chiropractic, unlike general chiropractic, which typically calls for popping of the spine. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors and completely eliminate carpal tunnel the safe way.
 
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