Is your hand constantly falling asleep? Do you feel a “pins and needles” sensation in your fingers? Perhaps it's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Are you looking for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome natural treatment options?
A little anatomy:
Touch your wrist. The bones you feel are called carpals. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligaments and bones found in the wrist, at the base of the hand. The median nerve and tendons are housed within the carpal tunnel. They control sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger) and impulses to some small muscles in the hand, thus allowing for finger and thumb movement.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CTS is a condition, often caused by increased pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the wrist. If the carpal tunnel is not wide enough or the tendons within the tunnel become larger due to inflammation, the median nerve can become compressed. Factors contributing to the added pressure on the median nerve include:
Health conditions (Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pregnancy, etc.)
Prolonged repetitive flexing and extending of the tendons in the hands and wrists
Slim wrist with a narrow carpal tunnel
Being female (3:1 ratio of women to men)
Symptoms of CTS:
CTS symptoms usually begin slowly. Many people feel a slight ache in the wrist, which extends to the hand or forearm. Numbness or tingling in the fingers (excluding the little finger) and/or hand may follow. Most people will then try to “shake-out” their hand to eliminate this feeling - or lack of. Pain often radiates from the wrist up to the shoulder or from the wrist down into the palm or fingers. Weakness in the hand can develop, sleeping may become difficult and muscle damage can occur - if left untreated.
At Kessel Wellness Center NYC, a diagnosis begins with an initial consultation, thorough health history, understanding of patient's symptoms and a structural and muscular evaluation, including a visual and manual inspection of the hand, range-of-motion wrist test and strength evaluation of the hand and fingers. Diagnostic tests may also include x-rays and nerve conduction studies.
If symptoms begin, continue or worsen, then treatment options may include chiropractic manipulation, therapeutic massage, exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome, nutritional support and a wrist brace to reduce nerve irritation and keep the wrist in a neutral position.
Prevention, prevention, prevention!
So, with that in mind, we make the following recommendations:
Make your home and work stations ergonomically correct.
Avoid unhealthy habits, such as smoking.
Maintain a healthy weight, stay hydrated and fuel your body with “good” food.
Exercise correctly and regularly.
Commit to a structural maintenance program to prevent the onset of CTS.
Stop suffering! Carpal Tunnel Syndrome remedies or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome natural solutions are available.