Chiropractic Healing Hands For You sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Portland chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 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 researchers discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you can't successfully address a problem until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Portland location and ask how Chiropractic Healing Hands For You 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.