Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that afflicts 4 – 10 million Americans every year with numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and wrists. If you’re like most people with this condition, you’ve probably tried everything from painkillers to wrist wraps to handle your symptoms with little success. You may even be considering surgery to finally get some relief.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about any of those short-term solutions. You simply need to see a chiropractor. In this blog post, I’ll explain what causes carpal tunnel syndrome, why it creates such painful symptoms, and how a simple chiropractic tool called Pressure Point Therapy can give you natural pain relief.
What Is the Carpal Tunnel?
Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passage that goes from your forearm and through your wrist bones. It houses your median nerve, which is what allows you to feel certain sensations along your palm, fingers, and forearm. The median nerve also enables you to move your fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Most people believe that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by irritation of the median nerve. This can be due to overuse of the hands, poor posture when typing, or other repetitive actions that put pressure on the median nerve. However, most of the unpleasant symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by a pinched nerve in your neck, not your wrist.
How is that possible? Simply put, nerves are very long—your median nerve itself runs all the way from your shoulder to your fingertips. And the purpose of nerves is to transmit electrical signals between your body parts and your brain. A pinched nerve can hurt at the point where the actual pinch is happening, yes. But that pain can radiate down through the body wherever that pinched nerve travels. And in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, that’s exactly what’s happening.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually start weak and become increasingly painful over time. You may feel the following symptoms in your fingers, palm, wrist, or forearm:
- Painful tingling like pins and needles
- Sudden hand weakness or clumsiness
- Deep aching pain that lessens with rest
- Pain that gets worse at night
- Tension in the arm and shoulder muscles
- Sleep loss due to the pain
What is Pressure Point Therapy?
Pressure points are specific areas along your body’s nerve pathways where energy can get twisted up and blocked. When that happens, your nerves can’t send their electrical signals effectively resulting in chronic pain.
Pressure Point Therapy is a therapeutic technique that relieves chronic pain by targeting those blocked areas along your nerve pathways. The goal of Pressure Point Therapy is to reduce tension and inflammation in the muscles along your nerve pathways, which promotes blood circulation to increase healing. By applying strong, steady pressure to those pressure points, we can get them unblocked and working properly again.
Can Pressure Point Therapy Fix My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
One important thing to note about Pressure Point Therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome is that it can be used as part of a more thorough holistic treatment plan. Pressure Point Therapy on its own can provide incredible pain relief. However, if you never address the underlying cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome—the pinched nerve—the pain will simply keep coming back.
You can achieve long-term results with a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan. Not only can chiropractic care help relieve your pinched nerves, but it can also handle factors like poor posture and misalignment that lead to the pinched nerves in the first place.
Visit Mattingly Chiropractic for Pressure Point Therapy
Pressure Point Therapy is a fast, natural treatment for those suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome. And when followed up with expert chiropractic care, you can find lasting pain relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ready to see for yourself? Call Mattingly Chiropractic at (314) 310-8359 today to schedule your Pressure Point Therapy session.