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Natural Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition affecting countless individuals, particularly in this digital age. CTS emerges from repetitive motions like typing or using a mouse, causing tingling, numbness, and sometimes pain in the hands and arms. It’s a modern woe, paralleling the surge in technology use.

While conventional treatments exist, like wrist splints, medication, or surgery, we’re here to explore natural, non-invasive alternatives. Nature often provides potent remedies, and CTS is no exception. From exercises that stretch and strengthen to herbal remedies and lifestyle adjustments, there’s a spectrum of natural approaches that may offer relief and promote healing.

This blog delves into these approaches, shedding light on their potential effectiveness and how they can be seamlessly integrated into your daily routine. We’re advocates for a holistic, proactive approach to health, and empowering you with knowledge to manage CTS naturally is our mission.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? 

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a medical condition that primarily affects the hands and wrists. 

This condition arises from pressure and compression on the median nerve, passing through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. 

Comprising eight tiny bones called carpals, this tunnel houses nerves and tendons crucial for controlling finger movement. Repetitive wrist movements can inflame these tendons and pinch the nerves, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Below are common risk factors for the condition:

  • Wrist Injury: Injury, trauma, or dislocation of the wrist can affect the carpal bones and put pressure on the median nerve.
  • Work-related factors: Repetitive hand and wrist movements due to one’s work routine are a major factor in developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Individuals using vibrating mechanical tools or spending extended periods typing at computer keyboards are prone to acquiring carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Sex: Women are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than men, partly because the carpal tunnel area is naturally smaller in women. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can further affect the tendons of the carpal tunnel.
  • Obesity and fluid retention: People who retain fluid and are obese are at a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Nerve-damaging medical conditions: Medical conditions that increase the risk of nerve damage, such as diabetes, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Inflammatory conditions: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can affect the pressure exerted on the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms 

Carpal tunnel syndrome presents a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Numbness and tingling: Affected fingers often experience numbness and a tingling sensation, particularly during the night. This sensation can extend from the fingers to the arm.
  • Pain: Aching in the affected hand or wrist is a common symptom, often radiating up to the arm.
  • Weakness: Due to the affected fingers, individuals may notice a weakened grip strength when holding everyday objects.
  • Sensitivity to temperature: People with carpal tunnel syndrome can have difficulty distinguishing between cold and hot temperatures, particularly in the affected hand.

Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome varies based on its severity. For more severe cases, patients might be prescribed corticosteroid pills or injections to reduce swelling around the pinched nerves. Surgery is another option to alleviate pressure on the nerve through small incisions in the affected area.

Milder cases of carpal tunnel syndrome often respond well to natural or home remedies. Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin may be recommended by the doctor to reduce nerve inflammation and support the recovery process.

Physicians typically advise patients to take breaks from repetitive tasks that trigger carpal tunnel pain. Setting a timer to remind yourself to take these breaks can be helpful. During these breaks, stretching your hands, wiggling your fingers, and moving your wrists can aid in improving blood flow to the affected area.

Natural Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

One effective natural treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is chiropractic care. This non-invasive, drug-free treatment aids the body in its own healing processes. 

Chiropractors are specialized healthcare professionals focusing on musculoskeletal conditions related to the spine and nervous system.

Here’s how chiropractors can assist individuals dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments: Chiropractors perform spinal and upper extremity adjustments and manipulations, providing relief by alleviating pressure which can reduce carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
  • Soft Tissue Exercises: In addition to adjustments, chiropractors can utilize soft tissue techniques, stretches and exercises. These techniques target muscle tension on the median nerve and can offer some relief. Various stretches, like wrist extension and flexion, can restore range of motion and manage carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
  • Wrist Splinting: Wrist splinting is a valuable method to reduce pressure on the median nerve, especially when worn at night when symptoms tend to exacerbate. Chiropractors can recommend appropriate wrist splints tailored to your symptoms.
  • Ergonomic Advice: Chiropractors are experts in ergonomics and can provide advice on suitable ergonomic adjustments for your daily work activities. Implementing ergonomic solutions recommended by chiropractors can effectively reduce pressure on your wrists and hands.
  • Education on Lifestyle Changes: Chiropractors go beyond addressing pain; they emphasize lifestyle changes to alleviate numbness and tingling in your hands. This includes exercises, stretches, and other home treatments. Additionally, chiropractors offer dietary advice and suggest supplements to enhance nerve health.

Seeking chiropractic care ensures a holistic approach to managing carpal tunnel syndrome, addressing both symptoms and the underlying causes to promote overall well-being.

Improve Your Quality of Life with LifeClinic 

Regain your lost range of motion due to carpal tunnel syndrome and embrace everyday tasks confidently. At LifeClinic, our chiropractic treatment transcends pain relief, empowering you to lead the life you desire. 

Our holistic approach not only alleviates discomfort but also works towards restoring, maintaining, and optimizing your body’s function. This approach accelerates your progress, supporting you in achieving your goals swiftly and effectively. Let us guide you towards a life of enhanced mobility and vitality.

Start on your road to recovery today by booking a consultation with us! 

Dr. Reza Alizadeh

Dr. Reza is the visionary behind LifeClinic. His leadership is the foundation for the patient and team member experience, and overall direction of the LifeClinic. As the creator of IMJT, Dr. Reza continues to be the primary teacher on this technique.

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