Chiropractic Beneficial for Carpal Tunnel
Dr. Hans sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Duluth chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the authors found that the women had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less flexibility in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you cannot effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Duluth location and ask how Dr. Hans can help you get relief!
De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.