Carpal Tunnel isn’t all about the wrist

The carpal tunnel is made of 8 tiny bones (called the carpal bones) and a ligament that keeps these bones in their position. The carpal tunnel allows nerves, tendons and blood vessels to flow through the wrist into the hands and fingers. If one of these bones loses its proper position or “collapses” into the tunnel, it can place pressure on and irritate the Median Nerve. The Median Nerve is the main nerve that controls movement of the thumb and fingers (except the pinky finger).

Symptoms of carpal tunnel include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a combination thereof, in the hand, fingers and even up into the arm. These symptoms can be felt if the Median Nerve is crushed anywhere on its path from exiting the spinal cord to the fingers.

The Median Nerve exits the spinal cord through the lower cervical spine, travels through the shoulder, down the arm, through the wrist and into the hands and fingers. If you have pain, numbness, weakness or tingling of the hands and fingers then it makes sense to check all possible crush points of the Median Nerve’s journey from the spinal cord to the hands and fingers.

At Lynch Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Solutions (LCCPS), Dr. Lynch checks the lower cervical spine to make sure none of the bones are moving improperly or are out of their proper position. If they are, they could pinch the Median Nerve and trigger symptoms. He releases any adhesions of the fascia in the arms to make sure none are irritating the Median Nerve. He also checks the structural integrity of the carpal tunnel to confirm whether or not the Median Nerve is being crushed.

By treating the neck, the two areas in the arm where there can be fascia adhesions and the carpal tunnel area, Dr. Lynch gets excellent results helping people with carpal tunnel.

At LCCPS, all structural corrections to the spine and extremities are made with the proper alignment and force using instruments. There is never any twisting, popping or cracking.

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