Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is usually characterized by symptoms including pain of the hand and wrist, in addition to tingling and numbness along the median nerve distribution. Surgery was the primary option available to patients seeking a long-term solution to this problem. Today there are other options.
First, let us go over exactly what it is so we can address it properly.
The carpal tunnel is a somewhat narrow canal in the wrist that is surrounded on three sides by the palmar aspect of the carpal bones and covered by the flexor retinaculum. In addition to the median nerve, the flexor tendons also traverse this pathway.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed. This nerve controls sensation to digits 1, 2 and 3, as well as the lateral aspect of digit 4. In addition, it controls the motor function of many of the small muscles in the hand.
Many cases of Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are caused by a double crushing injury. What this means, is it starts in the neck and pinches the nerves that will cause a muscle imbalance in the forearm. This may cause the Carpal tunnel to collapse due to overuse of certain muscles.
The Median nerve origin is C06-T01. Depending on your posture, this can also have a dramatic effect on the discs. For every inch, the head is in front of the shoulders, the pressure on the discs doubles. This uneven pressure will cause the disc to degenerate causing added pressure on the nerves. Discs get their nutrients through movement and any subluxation will prevent nutrients to the discs. (Degenerative Discs is not an aging process)
If discs degenerate due to age then the discs above and below it should look the same. There the same age.
When the median nerve becomes compressed, this will cause numbness in the first 3 digits as well as the lateral part of the 4th.
Bioflex laser works great by applying a low-level light to the affected area to help regenerate and rehydrate the disc to take the compression away. Usually, 12 treatments will do it.
Before condemning the wrist, be sure to fix the cervical spine first by seeing a corrective chiropractor to restore movement in the cervical spine and fix any subluxation or reverse curve you may have.
Once you’ve fixed any issues in the cervical spine we can look at the wrist. I would also suggest around 10 treatments of Low-Level Light Therapy to the wrist as well. This will help repair any damaged tissue that occurred as a result of nerve compression.
You have muscles on top of the forearm and below called Flexors and Extensors. These muscles should have a balance between them. Most often we are gripping, squeezing etc. daily without paying attention to balancing the forearm. This is common with many other muscle groups as well.
There are many exercises you can do for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and recommend looking for a personal trainer that can help. They can also access your posture and any other imbalances you may have.
One exercise I give my clients for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is very simple and only requires an elastic band. The ones they use to wrap around the Standard Freeholder works great. (local newspaper)
Place the elastic around your fingers then all you have to do is open into a claw shape and close. Repeat this till the top of your arm is tired. That’s it. Do this in the AM and PM about 3 sets each and this will help balance out the forearm.
So to recap
Fix any subluxations in the neck and restore movement. See a Low-Level Light Laser Therapist to heel (regenerate) any discs that are degenerative in the neck to remove the compression of the median nerve. Complete the exercise mentioned to balance out the muscles causing the carpal tunnel to collapse. Repair damaged tissue in the wrist with Low-Level Light Laser Therapy.
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