Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
People with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) unfortunately suffer with numbness, tingling, pain and even weakness of their hands and certain fingers. These sensations can be so uncomfortable that the pain and discomfort can wake you up from a sound sleep and can disrupt your routine daily activities.
Classical treatments often rely on surgery or other invasive procedures that try to address the symptoms but don’t deal with the underlying cause of the problem.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and what can be done about it?
The wrist bones are called the carpal bones. They form a bowl like structure that is connected across the top by the carpal ligament (ligaments are like ropes that connect bones to other bones) thereby forming a “tunnel” through which passes the median nerve.
When there is swelling or inflammation in the carpal tunnel it will compress the nerve, which shoots pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness to the thumb, index finger and middle finger.
Who Suffers from CTS?
Typists, mousers, brick layers, writers, chefs or just about anybody who uses their hands repetitively are susceptible to developing CTS.
What Causes CTS?
CTS is thought to be the direct result of overuse of the hand which would cause the swelling and inflammation within the carpal tunnel.
CTS has traditionally been treated by stretching exercises, cortisone injections to the wrist, and even surgery to cut the carpal ligament in an effort to relieve the pressure. Although these approaches may provide immediate relief, they are often just temporary solutions.
Pain Originates Somewhere
If the problem is in the wrist, then certainly local treatment should result in permanent relief, but the reality is that it all too frequently fails to respond to treatment. Even when the wrist does respond to the pain treatment, the symptoms often recur.
Furthermore, if the symptoms are a direct consequence to overuse, then why do people suffer from CTS when they are not using their wrists, e.g. when they are driving or sleeping?
Common Cause for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Notice what happens when a person is, for instance, typing. They have to hold their arms up in order to use their hands. To what are the arm muscles attached? The neck and the upper back. This puts extra tension in the neck and shoulder muscles.
When combined with poor posture and not enough exercise, this tension is a recipe for disaster: the disaster called CTS. The distorted posture, poorly toned body, and overworked muscles are often responsible for putting pressure on the nerves and causing the symptoms of CTS.
Learn more about treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome below.
Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The best way to treat CTS is Three-fold:
- Get your body treated Osteopathically to recreate balance and relieve the muscle spasms
- Strengthen your neck and upper back with specific exercises
- Reduce the chronic nerve irritation by taking B6, 50 – 100 mg twice a day, best with food
This 3 pronged approach will resolve most cases of CTS without the need for cortisone shots or surgery and will result in a permanent solution.
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