Carpal tunnel syndrome can be painful and sometimes debilitating. Like most symptoms, when they occur you realize how much we took that part of our body for granted. Carpel tunnel syndrome can affect just about everything in your life. Hand, wrist and arm function is used hundreds of times a day. We use our wrists to dress, write, eat, type, and hundreds of other daily activities.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
You may feel a burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of your hand and thumb, or index and middle fingers. You might first notice that your fingers "fall asleep" and become numb at night. That usually happens in the evening because of the relaxed position of your hand and while sleeping. In the morning, you may wake up with numbness and tingling in your hands that may run all the way to your shoulder.
What is Carpal Tunnel?- Carpal Tunnel Definition
The carpal tunnel is a narrow pathway on the palm side of the wrist. It’s made up of numerous small wrist bones and ligaments. Tendons and nerves travel from the forearm through the tunnel and into the hand. The median nerve controls sensation and movement in the thumb and the first three fingers.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Because the passageway from the forearm into the hand is so narrow, the contents can easily be negatively affected by small changes in the carpal tunnel patency (size of opening)and cause symptoms. Any swelling of the tendons and ligaments can narrow the carpal tunnel increasing the chances of putting pressure on the median nerve.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes
The most frequent cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is from overuse injury. These injuries are caused by engaging in the same motion repeatedly over a length of time. Since carpal tunnel syndrome is usually unilateral, what is it that causes one side to be affected and not the other? Imbalances in the structure of the human body can predispose individuals to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
When the structure of the body becomes imbalanced one should become higher than the other, it’s usually rounded further forward compared to the other, which is due to musculoskeletal imbalance. This postural imbalance can have its roots in a prior neck injury. Since the neck houses the brain stem, which controls postural muscle tone, a prior neck injury can have a cascade of effects throughout the body often times making a person susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal complaints.
How Can Blair Upper Cervical Care Improve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
One of the most important things you can do if you have a carpal tunnel diagnosis is to go to your local chiropractor and get your cervical spinal joints checked for proper range of motion. The median nerve originates from the spinal cord.
The function of the muscles associated with the tendons that run through the tunnel is based upon the nervous system and nerves that exit the neck. It’s imperative to make sure that the cervical spinal joints are moving optimally for the highest function of the arm, forearm, the muscles, and tendons associated.
What is often thought to be carpal tunnel syndrome can actually be a problem originating from the neck. Blair Upper Cervical Doctors are trained at correction of the upper cervical spine so the body can function better and balance itself postural by removing the underlying cause. Once the upper cervical spine is corrected the body is less susceptible to musculoskeletal syndromes like carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Is the Blair Upper Cervical Technique?
What exactly does an upper cervical chiropractor do? Blair upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct structural misalignments in the upper cervical spine, called subluxations.
While the goal of Blair upper cervical care is not to treat sleep apnea, it’s improvement can be a side benefit of removing nerve interference in the upper cervical spine. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors take precise imaging in the form of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) or digital x-ray to determine the exact direction of joint misalignment. This works because the joints in the neck are mirror images of one another.
Therefore, if a whiplash or other injury damages the soft tissue and ligaments that support normal joint motion the joints can become misaligned. Imaging the joints will allow the doctor to see how you are out of alignment and the angulation of your joints.
This information is then used to make a precise spinal correction unique to the individual's misalignment and anatomy. Once corrected, the patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the body is healing, and the correction is staying in its normal range of motion.
If on subsequent visits the vertebrae have misaligned again another correction is administered. If the objective tests indicate that there is no interference and the vertebrae are in their proper range of motion, then no correction is necessary.
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