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Health

Address carpal tunnel symptoms with a visit to the chiropractor

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, but for most people who suffer from numbness and tingling associated with CTS can find relief in chiropractic care.

Compression of a nerve in the wrist can eventually cause numbness or weakness with grip strength, which is the primary characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatment can provide relief to the symptoms and also restore hand and wrist function. Patients who are seeking a non-invasive solution from this stress injury can turn to their chiropractor.

Dr. Mike DeCubellis, owner and director of Main Street Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Downers Grove, often sees patients who experience CTS symptoms after extensive computer use or repetitive motion in the wrist at an abnormal position.

“The chiropractic adjustment focused on the proper movement of the carpal bone of the wrist allows for decrease nerve pressure on the median nerve,” DeCubellis said. “In addition to restoring proper movement to the carpal bones, the chiropractic adjustment aids in the opening of the carpal tunnel in which the median nerve is compressed or irritated causing carpal tunnel.”

Massage therapy, electrical muscle stimulation and high frequency sound waves help relax the muscle of the wrists and hand while releasing ligament tension.

According to DeCubellis, these types of therapies have the greatest results in relieving pain and nerve pressure to reduce pain and inflammation of the nerve that causes the symptoms of CTS.

Although there are no proven strategies to preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, you can follow a few tips to reducing the stress on your hands and wrists.

Reduce your forced grip on manual tasks, and if you have to write for a prolonged period, use an oversized, soft grip pen. Take frequent breaks and watch your form, especially while using a keyboard.

Good posture will also keep your shoulders in the correct position to avoid compressing the nerves in the neck.

Main Street Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5157 Main Street #200, Downers Grove IL 60515, (630) 435-6461 www.chiropracticdownersgrove.com