Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (or CTS) is a really nasty workplace injury which could potentially end your career if you work in the manufacturing sector, fashion or meat packing industry, or work in any job that requires repeated movement of the fingers, such as, say data entry. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the worst Repetitive Stress Injuries (or RSI), that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Chiropractic care has the reputation of being one of the best treatments for an RSI such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Besides costing much less than the normal allopathic treatment, it is just as effective. We discuss everything important you should know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and how Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the severe pain it causes.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of the median nerve that runs in the forearm into the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow tunnel based at the wrist. This compression causes pain, weakness, numbness in the hands and wrist as well as burning, itching, tingling or numbness in all the fingers, particularly in the index finger and the thumb.
Those affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome find it hard to grip small objects or to close the fist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) caused due to overwork with vibrating tools. The best way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to diagnose it at an early stage and begin the treatment immediately. Chiropractic therapy is recommended for this condition.
What Is Chiropractic therapy?
Chiropractic treatment is based on the belief that a majority of the body’s problems is caused by the misalignment of the spine. And hence, Chiropractic therapy focuses on correcting this misalignment. Also, Chiropractic therapy believes in the body’s inherent capacity to set itself right naturally, and aims to accelerate this process.
Chiropractic therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Among the first things a Chiropractor does when he suspects you of having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to carry out certain important tests such:
- Pressure-provocative test
- Carpal compression test.
- Normal laboratory tests
- An X-Ray examination of the affected part
The Chiropractic treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome consists of a manipulation of the affected wrist and elbow, and a manipulation of the upper spine, which involves an application of a controlled pressure to a joint.
The Chiropractor suggests ways to ensure that the arm is well rested, helps to reduce the inflammation by applying ice packs, teaches you the right exercises, and prepares a splint or brace, that helps to immobilize the severe pain.
The Chiropractor may perform the manipulations using his hands or with the help of certain devices such as wrist supports. He may use Ultrasound therapy as well.
What makes Chiropractic Therapy such an effective treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Chiropractic Therapy has several advantages over other forms of treatment, including allopathic care. For one, it is a perfectly safe treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and is not known to have any side effects whatsoever. It is a non-invasive treatment, and does not involve any surgery or expensive medication. Chiropractic therapy has always been recommended, even by modern doctors, for the treatment of Repetitive Stress Injuries (or RSI’s).
The severity of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may differ from patient to patient. The Chiropractor takes this into account, as well as other factors such as the age of the patient and overall health, and if other therapies are being used as well. Several patients suffering from acute Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have experienced a tremendous improvement in their condition after having undergone Chiropractic therapy. Many have been fully rehabilitated.