Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is associated with tingling, numbness and or pain the hand, fingers, or wrist. Compression of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel can cause these symptoms. The Carpal Tunnel itself is a small tunnel that is formed by the alignment of eight carpal bones in the wrist. A group of tendons, ligaments, and the median nerve run through this tunnel. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is associated with pressure of the median nerve and it is most commonly seen in individuals who perform repetitive tasks, such as computer work. Pressure on the median nerve can be caused by three ways:
1. Bad diet: American diet is typically high on fat, red meat, salt, and lots of other inflammatory substances. An inflammatory diet will promote water retention all over from internal organs to the lining of ligaments and tendons. An inflammatory diet can cause water retention in the Carpal Tunnel, and thus put pressure on the median nerve. This is also known to be the cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in pregnant women due to their higher water retention throughout pregnancy.
2. Overuse: each of the eight carpal bones in your hand can become subluxated or misaligned relative to each other due to overuse, or repetitive work. Ligaments become overstreched, and muscles in the forearm become tight.
3. Trauma: it is often the cause of misalignment of the carpal bones or the attachment of forearm and hands. Falls that involve hyperextension or hyperflexion of the wrist can cause symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The medical approach may include a splint, anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics, and in extreme cases injection of corticosteroids for temporary relief. Surgery is the last resort, and recovery can take months with no guarantee that you have rid yourself of the symptoms.
Chiropractic approach is less invasive, and involves finding the source of symptoms, as well as addressing them. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions. Nerve entrapments that cause the same symptoms in hands and lower arms can happen in the neck region. Nerves that branch out of the upper part of spine go into arms, hands and fingers; thus involvement of the nerves in the neck is not uncommon. After a complete examination, neurological and orthopedic tests, and x-rays, I can determine the actual cause and place of nerve entrapment, and relieve pressure accordingly. To make your visit wholesome and more effective, I recommend life style and dietary changes, as well as stretches, strengthening exercises, and other physical modalities to be done at home. Chiropractic approach, is a complete and excellent choice for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and should be considered before more invasive treatments.
Please call us at 949.387.1333 if you are suffering from symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel to see if you qualify for a free consultation.
Everyday challenges and obstacles specifically with today’s political and economic news media are sometimes overwhelming and the pressure can be too difficult to handle; we experience stress. Stress is defined as mental or physical tension, and one can cause the other.
Smaller doses of stress can be beneficial in motivating you to do your best and stay balanced in life and are inevitable part of life; however it can become a threat to your mental, physical, and emotional health when life’s demands exceed your ability to cope. Excessive amounts of emotional or mental stress can influence your immune system and exacerbate your physical symptoms. The link between your mental health and physical wellness is very strong. We are often not too surprise to catch a cold while we are dealing with a stressful situation.
Research has shown that excessive and or chronic stress through a chain of events can cause low back pain, stomach pain, high blood pressure, skin outbreaks, misalignments of the jaw, headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders as well as weight gain.
It is not only impossible, but also unhealthy to eliminate stress completely.
A healthy alternative is to learn ways to minimize, deal with and control negative effects of stress in your life. Incorporating healthy habits into your daily activity will reduce your stress level and help you live a more balanced life. Here are a few hints to keep in mind.
Environmental stressors can set off the stress response in your body. In today’s world, politics, economics, and our financial difficulties can send stress levels skyrocketing. It is great to be aware of all economic and political issues that we are surrounded by these days, but it can also be overwhelming. To survive this political season, and combating media-induced stress, limit your time on the phone, listening or watching the news, and tense conversations or interactions with others. Turn the T.V. off and try a yoga pose or two.
Trim and or prioritize your to-do-list. Analyze your schedule, appointments, responsibilities and daily tasks and tackle them in order of importance. Poor time management, feeling like you are stretched too thin and running behind can cause severe stress. Try to find a balance between work and social activities. Spend time with friends and family.
Your to-do-list should have an enjoyable activity on it whether it is reading a book, dipping in the hot tub, window shopping, watching a funny movie, listening to music or my favorite taking a walk on the beach.
Exercise and eat healthy. Healthy diet and regular exercise can detox your body of all stress related byproducts and give your mood a natural boost and leave you relaxed. Cut down on caffeine and sugar and try post-exercise euphoria instead. A fit and well-fed body can give you more energy, ability to concentrate, improved quality of sleep, and thus reduce your stress reactivity; and you never know maybe even a slowed aging process! There is no substitute for a healthy and well balanced diet and exercise regime so get some veggies in your diet, call up a work out buddy and hit the gym.
Last but not least, don’t ignore the pain and discomfort in your lower back or the tension you have been feeling in your neck and shoulders. Stress hormones lower the threshold of our pain receptors, tighten muscles and ligaments, reduce blood flow into the tissues and increase overall inflammation in our bodies. Visit our website park your car at a distant, take a walk to our stress-free office and enjoy a chiropractic adjustment to help you with your musculoskeletal discomfort and relax. Call us if you need help with your pain management or if you need nutritional advice at 949.387.1333