Chiropractic Care: A Drug-Free Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

 July 19, 2023

By  Dr. Polly Hediger

chiropractic care carpal tunnel syndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist. This compression causes tingling, numbness, and pain in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. CTS symptoms often occur while holding a phone, gripping tools, typing, or performing other repetitive hand motions. While CTS is commonly treated with pain medication, wrist braces, and even surgery, chiropractic care takes a different approach by addressing the underlying cause of nerve compression. Keep reading to learn more.

Chiropractors focus on detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine that can cause nerve irritation and interference. By realigning the spine and restoring normal nerve function, chiropractic adjustments can reduce inflammation and take pressure off compressed nerves like the median nerve affected in CTS.

How Chiropractic Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are several ways chiropractic care may help relieve CTS pain and numbness:

  • Improves wrist mobility: Misalignments in the spine can reduce proper joint motion in the wrists and hands. Chiropractic adjustments improve mobility and flexibility from the neck down. Increased mobility takes stress off the median nerve.
  • Reduces nerve irritation: Vertebral subluxations irritate nerves and cause inflammation. Chiropractors use adjustments to relieve pressure on nerves, including those that control sensation in the hands and fingers. This reduces numbness and tingling symptoms.
  • Alleviates muscle tension: Spinal misalignments also cause muscles in the neck, shoulders, arms, and wrists to become tense and restricted. Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, allowing nerves to glide more freely through the carpal tunnel.
  • Boosts injury recovery: Chiropractic care speeds recovery after hand and wrist injuries, getting nerves and joints back to normal functioning sooner. Faster injury recovery means less downtime and reduced CTS flare-ups.
  • Improves posture: Poor posture from slouching, hunching over a computer, and more misaligns the spine. Chiropractors correct posture issues through spinal adjustments and exercises so you can sit and stand taller. Better posture takes pressure off compressed nerves.
  • Enhances bodily coordination: Coordinated movement between the brain, spine, and extremities is key to smooth, controlled hand motions. Chiropractic care enhances neural communication so hands and fingers move more gracefully, reducing repetitive strain.

A Drug-Free Approach to Pain Relief

Chiropractic provides an effective, non-invasive treatment plan for CTS without the need for drugs or surgery. Prescription medications only mask symptoms and have side effects. Wrist surgery is invasive and does not address the root spinal causes of nerve compression.

Regular chiropractic sessions relieve pain and numbness by tackling misalignments and nerve irritation at the source. Treatments are drug-free and gentle with minimal risk. Many patients report lasting CTS relief and enhanced hand function after just a few chiropractic visits.

The Benefits of Holistic Chiropractic Care

Another advantage of chiropractic care is the whole-body approach. Every part of the body is interconnected. Therefore, chiropractors look at the entire spine from neck to pelvis to find problem areas contributing to CTS, not just the wrist itself.

This holistic viewpoint also considers lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, sleep habits, and stress levels. Your chiropractor may recommend ergonomic changes for typing and tool use along with wrist stretches, soft tissue massage, icing, and taping techniques. Nutritional supplements to reduce inflammation may also help.

By combining spinal adjustments with lifestyle changes, chiropractic delivers lasting relief without just masking symptoms temporarily. Patients become active participants in their own wellness plans. Ongoing chiropractic maintenance care also prevents CTS from recurring or developing in the opposite wrist.

Finding a Chiropractor for Carpal Tunnel Relief

If you suffer from tingling, numb, or weak hands from CTS, consider chiropractic care. Look for a licensed chiropractor trained in detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations through precise spinal adjustments. Many chiropractors also offer additional therapies like instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization or cold laser therapy.

Schedule an initial exam, taking along any past CTS diagnosis and treatment notes. The chiropractor will perform orthopedic and neurological tests to assess spinal function, nerve involvement, and identify areas of misalignment contributing to your symptoms. Based on the findings, they will customize a treatment plan which may include:

  • Spinal adjustments to improve alignment and nerve function
  • Hand and wrist joint mobilization to increase mobility
  • Soft tissue release techniques to relieve muscle tension
  • Recommended stretches and exercises
  • Advice on ergonomic changes and wrist supports/braces
  • Lifestyle coaching including stress reduction techniques

With research-proven benefits and a whole-body approach to pain relief, chiropractic care offers a safe, non-invasive way to manage CTS without drugs or surgery. By correcting spinal misalignments and soothing compressed nerves, chiropractors can help you regain flexible wrist motion, steady grip strength, and enhanced hand coordination.

If you’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or are suffering from symptoms that mimic it, please give us a call. Our team is here to help you not only overcome the symptoms but restore nerve function so that your body has the optimal chance to fully heal. So give us a call. We’re here to help!

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Dr. Polly Hediger

Dr. Polly Hediger grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, called Highland. After graduating in the top 10 of her high school class, she attended Southwestern Illinois College for general studies. In 1998, Dr. Hediger entered the accelerated science program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri. Through her coursework there she completed her Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Dr. Polly Hediger

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