When lying down at the end of the day and reflecting on what we spent our time doing, many will have spent a majority of their hours repeating the same movements over and over again. For most this repetitive motion consists of sitting with our arms out, wrists extended, palms pressed against a desk, and fingers typing vigorously on a keyboard. The repetition of these actions is commonly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome – a syndrome that describes pain and loss of hand/wrist function when the median nerve in the arm is pressed at the wrist. Though many chiropractors see patients who work “desk-jobs,” in Dr. Rodulfo’s personal experience he see’s more Carpal Tunnel cases related to jobs in which repetitive gripping and handling is involved; such as factory workers.
Typical chiropractic treatment Dr. Rodulfo uses for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Active Release Technique, A.R.T. (To view our A.R.T. blog click here) Active release relieves 96% of all carpal tunnel cases in approximately 4 minutes. This technique incorporates manipulation of the wrist, elbow, and upper spine. A spinal manipulation involves using precise pressure to a joint. Other common chiropractic treatments include: advising rest on the affected arm, applying cold compresses, wearing wrist supports, or doing appropriate exercises and stretches.
This article provided by WebMD.com contains multiple stretches beneficial to treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. All of these stretches are perfect to add to your nightly before-bed routine. Each stretch should be held for approximately 30 seconds and repeated at least twice. Be sure that the stretching feeling you are experiencing is a mild to moderate stretch in your forearms; any intense pulling or pain means you are applying too much pressure and could be counterproductive to treating your pain. If routine stretches are not providing you with relief it may be time to seek treatment.