by Frank E. Kaden, D.C. Chiropractic, Inc.
Dr. Kaden sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndromein our busy Redondo Beach chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it’s actually a condition that stems from the nerves–and not just the nerves in your hands.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects’ neck range of motion, the authors found that the patients had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also found that the level of the women’s reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less flexibility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This research is extremely important, as you can’t effectively resolve a problem until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Redondo Beach office and ask how Dr. Kaden can help you get relief!
De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.