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Condition – Carpal Tunnel

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The Tunnel
The carpal tunnel is a band of ligaments and small bones in your wrist. Painful symptoms can result when nerves are compressed by a collapse of this nerve ‘tunnel’. Carpal Tunnel pain of the hand and wrist can be a combination of nerve problems in the wrist, elbow and/or spinal nerves in the lower neck and shoulder.

The Spine
Subluxations in the upper spine may compromise the workings of any structure between it and the tip of your littlest finger. This is often called the double crush syndrome.

Two Simple ‘At Home’ Tests for Carpal Tunnel

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Test 1 – Phalen’s Manoeuvre
Firmly hold the backs of your hands together with your fingers pointing down, while keeping your arms parallel to the floor. If within a minute, you experience numbness, tingling, pain or a combination, you likely have nerve involvement.

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Test 2 – Tinel’s sign
Use your finger to repeatedly tap the volar carpal ligament (the ligament just under the skin in the center of your wrist). If the tapping elicits numbness, tingling or pain, then you may well have carpal tunnel syndrome. Often, chiropractic care can be very helpful in resolving this type of problem.

Chiropractic First It just makes sense to begin with a conservative approach: chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last!

Frequently Asked Questions:

? Does cracking your knuckles cause damage?

Studies suggest that knuckle cracking does not damage the metacarpal joints of the hand. While there may be danger of overextending already loose knuckle joints, adding motion to these or other joints of the body is best left to an experienced chiropractor.

? Is it okay to wear a wrist brace?

A brace is often prescribed to help protect the wrist and reduce mobility. While it may alleviate certain symptoms, it virtually ignores the malfunctioning joints causing the problem. The chiropractic approach is to help restore proper motion to affected joints and strengthen supporting muscles and soft tissues. While this may require some type of ongoing supportive care, many patients are able to resume their activities without bracing.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 | info@ebhg.com.au