Have you ever been working at your computer, clicking and typing away, when suddenly you notice that your hand and wrist are in pain, or even tingling and feeling numb?
Sounds like you may have carpal tunnel syndrome!
So how did it happen? Many people can’t think of a specific cause as to why their wrist and hand suddenly hurt so much. Here’s a few causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Repetitive motions (like typing, or any motions of the wrist and hand that you do over and over)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy (yes, pregnancy!)
What happens is that the bundle of tendons and ligaments in the wrist become so crowded, inflamed, and smooshed together from these various diseases and conditions, that pressure develops and even increases over time. Because of the inflammation and damage, the nerve that travels through the carpal tunnel is affected--resulting in pain, discomfort, and decreased function.
We live in a world where it is absolutely necessary to be able to use a computer; we need to be able to use a mouse, and we need to be able to use a keyboard. Moreover, we need to be able to use our hands in general day to day life!
And really, it’s best if we’re able to use our hands without pain or discomfort!
The last thing you want to do is surgery. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is highly variable when it comes to success rates, and many patients report permanent pain from the procedure itself as well as lingering symptoms.
There are some natural and alternative things you can try to relieve your pain:
First of all, take a look at how you’re using your hands. Perhaps the most important thing to address first is how you use a computer.
Do not have your wrists bent like this! This position compounds your already crowded carpal tunnel, smooshing your tendons and nerves all the more, resulting in more and more damage and pain.
Keep your wrists in a level and neutral position. This helps keep your carpal tunnel open and prevent damage and pain.
What you can do at Progressive Chiropractic (located in Gilbert AZ):
By getting adjusted by a Chiropractor, the misalignment of your bones around your carpal tunnel can be opened up and corrected to help relieve pain, discomfort, and promote natural healing.
In addition to getting adjusted, our office offers specific and individualized stretches and exercises specifically designed to help relieve the tension and pain from carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you are suffering Pain or Discomfort right now, don't wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with Progressive Chiropractic now and start pain relief today!