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Can a Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel?

If you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be putting off seeking medical advice because you believe surgery is your only treatment option. Many people aren’t aware that surgical procedures are not always needed, and that chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome can be very effective.

What Is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?can a chiropractor redondo beach help with carpel tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is so named because of the area of the body affected by the condition. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, passageway, similar to a tunnel, in the palm side of the wrist. The sides and bottom of the passageway are formed by the wrist bones, which are called carpals. The top of the carpal tunnel is covered by a strong ligament.

The carpal tunnel provides protection for the median nerve as it travels into the hand from the forearm. This nerve is responsible for feeling in many of the fingers and for some of the thumb’s movement. Tendons also run through the carpal tunnel that control movement in the thumb and fingers.

If the tissues inside the wrist swell due to inflammation, they can compress or pinch the median nerve and the tendons in the carpal tunnel and carpal tunnel syndrome occurs. Many times this is a repetitive stress injury, caused by performing the same movements with the wrist or hand repeatedly over a long period of time.

Causes of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome include: 

  • Using hand tools 
  • Working on an assembly line 
  • Typing on a computer or keyboard 
  • Hand sewing or stitching 

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually come on slowly and are not related to a specific injury. Most of the time, the symptoms are worse on the thumb side of the hand and include:

  • Pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand 
  • A sensation like an electric shock, mostly in the index and long fingers, and in the thumb 
  • Pain and unusual sensations that radiate up the wrist toward the shoulder 

Many people wake up at night with severe pain and tingling and have problems during the day when trying to grasp or hold onto objects. The symptoms of carpal tunnel may come and go at first, but for most people the condition will get progressively worse without some form of treatment.

Chiropractor for Carpal Tunnel redondo beach chiropractor for carpel tunnel

Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel will usually begin with an examination to determine the cause of your symptoms. After discussing your medical history and symptoms, your chiropractor will most likely examine your hand and may perform the following tests:

  • Check for weakness in your hand, at the base of the thumb 
  • Bend and hold your wrist in different positions, checking for tingling or numbness in your hand 
  • Press on your wrist to see if this causes tingling or numbness 
  • Tap your wrist, along the median nerve, to see if this produces symptoms 

Your chiropractor may also order X-rays of your wrist before treating carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if you have limited movement in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome in many cases can be modified or stopped with treatment.

Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel in Redondo Beach

A chiropractor can help carpel tunnel syndrome and the pain associated with it through the following holistic chiropractic treatment:

  • Manipulation:. Treating carpal tunnel usually involves gentle adjustments and mobilization of the wrist, elbow, and upper spine. If there is misalignment in the spine, this can contribute to the symptoms of CTS. Reducing inflammation all along the path of the nerves can decrease inflammation and allow for healing. 
  • Ultrasound Therapy: Chiropractic carpal tunnel treatment sometimes includes this therapy, which reduces inflammation, relaxes muscles, and decreases pain. Focused sound waves penetrate deep into inflamed, irritated tissues. 
  • Rehab and Prevention: With decreased symptoms of carpal tunnel, chiropractic focuses on strengthening and increasing the function of the hand and wrist through gentle stretches and exercise. 

Treating carpal tunnel with chiropractic also sometimes includes the use of wrist supports to ensure proper alignment of the structures after adjustments and to provide support to help prevent inflammation from returning.

When diagnosed and treated early, complications of CTS like severe muscle wasting and irreversible nerve damage can be avoided. If you have symptoms of CTS and have avoided treatment, thinking surgery was inevitable, think again. Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is safe and it is non-invasive. Call and see how your chiropractor can help you today.

What is Holistic Chiropractic Treatment?

Holistic chiropractic treatment is a whole body approach to chiropractic treatment, including naturopathic medicine, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Many healing practices like acupuncture have been used to treat illness and pain for centuries. Holistic chiropractic care combines the healing wisdom of the past with today’s scientific knowledge, technology, and techniques to provide you with whole-body healing and the promotion of wellness.

Holistic Chiropractor in Redondo Beach

Chiropractic care is no longer only for those who have been injured. Holistic chiropractic treatment offers hope for many health conditions with verifiable health benefits. Our professional practitioners provide chiropractic acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic massage therapy. We also provide naturopathic medical treatment.

Chiropractic Physical Therapy

Chiropractic physical therapy provides the benefits of both traditional chiropractic adjustments and care and physical therapy. It focuses on restoring function while decreasing pain and reducing the risk of further injury.chiropractic physical therapy redondo beach

Chiropractic physical therapy treatments are based on each individual’s needs and include:

  • Moist heat or cold pack applications
  • Ice massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Decompression or traction therapies

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

This treatment combines the benefits of scientific chiropractic medicine with deep relaxation to provide a holistic approach to healing. Deep tissue massage allows adjustments to be fully performed by the practitioner. When the muscles of the neck, back, and torso are constantly tense, pain, spasms, and injuries are more likely to occur. Chiropractic massage enables these muscles to relax so that chiropractic adjustments can be performed, increasing spinal movement and flexibility.

Chiropractic massage therapy can help with:

  • Cramping
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Disruptions in patterns of sleep

During chiropractic massage therapy, when muscles are stretched and relieved of tightness, lymphatic circulation is enhanced. The lymph system assists the body in the elimination of metabolic waste. Improved lymph flow strengthens immune system function. Patients have reported better sleep, stress reduction, and improved mental clarity following regular treatments.

Chiropractic Acupuncture

The use of chiropractic acupuncture to treat many painful conditions has been well-documented. It has been shown to be successful in treating not only disorders of the muscles but conditions of many other body systems as well.

Acupuncture is effectively used to treat many conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Gingivitis
  • Irritable bowel and colitis

Holistic chiropractors are specially trained in acupuncture. They combine the technique with the traditional practices of spinal adjustments to promote healing and wellness using chiropractic acupuncture.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors are physicians who receive the same basic science education and training as medical doctors. While using Western medical sciences as the foundation for diagnosis and treatment, most naturopathic physicians place a strong emphasis on the promotion of health and disease prevention.naturopathic medicine redondo beach

In addition to a standard medical program of study, naturopathic doctors may also be trained in:

One of the most important characteristics of naturopathic medicine is that it promotes healing by identifying and removing barriers to health. 

Is holistic chiropractic care right for you?

The various therapies offered by your holistic chiropractor can help decrease spinal pressure, relax muscular tension, and improve blood flow throughout your body. Improved circulation increases the immune system’s efficiency.  Holistic chiropractic treatment benefits all types of people including athletes, pregnant women, alternative medicine patients, and elderly patients.

Are you an athlete? Consider the benefit of chiropractic massage on increasing performance and endurance. Deep tissue massage releases trigger points and reduces toxicity. Achieving improved alignment and structural support through the torso has helped many athletes enhance their level of fitness, as well as reduced their risk of injury.

Young women, pregnant women, and women with hormonal issues can also benefit from holistic chiropractic. If you have irregular or occasional cramping, PMS, or bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, acupuncture or massage may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Chiropractic is no longer only for those who have been injured. Holistic treatments offer hope for many health conditions with verifiable health benefits. People who suffer from conditions ranging in severity from a mild allergy to debilitating pain or chronic illness can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

You don’t have to suffer from minor annoyances or major, life-disrupting symptoms. Call and scheduled an appointment with one of our holistic chiropractors today.