These days with all our computer usage, we are very aware of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which consists of weakness, numbness or tingling or pain in the first 3 fingers in your hand. The problem is caused by pressure on the median nerve as it travels through a “tunnel” in our wrist formed by the bones of our wrist and a ligament called the flexor retinaculum or the transverse carpal ligament
The pressure can be caused by structural collapse of the tunnel by over-extension of the wrist as in over-use of computers, hammering or using a wrench or narrowing due to arthritis or fluid in the tunnel caused by diabetes or hypothyroidism
As a Doctor of Chiropractic and an Applied Kinesiologist, I would first rule out diabetes and hypothyroid by patient history, signs & symptoms and blood and urine tests. Compression of the wrist in arthritis would make the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worse instead of making it better.
And as course, since the median nerve is a branch of the brachial nerves coming from the 5th, 6th and 7th cervical nerve roots at the spinal level, I rule out problems in the neck and down the course of the nerve such as muscle entrapment and shoulder and elbow problems.
Treatment of the syndrome involves adjustment of the wrist bones and sometimes adjusting the way the two forearm bones (the ulna & radius) articulate with each other, balancing the muscles that cross the wrist joint in both flexion and extension.
A wrist wrapping or a brace would be used for support and exercises for the wrist would be recommended. Nutritional support for the nerves and ligaments and a natural anti-inflammatory would be recommended to speed up the healing following the structural correction.
By utilizing applied kinesiology and chiropractic, we can balance the body’s structure and chemistry utilizing and can solve many health problems by addressing the cause. Please feel free to call to schedule a consultation to discuss this or any other health issues you may have.
© 2012/ Revised 2015-Dr. Vittoria Repetto
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