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Can Carpal Tunnel Exercises Make Symptoms Worse?

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Carpal tunnel exercises may seem like a safe treatment option – but are they?

Carpal tunnel symptoms generally include pain, burning, numbness and weakness in your wrist or hand, loss of grip strength and pain radiating into your fingers or up into your arm. Everyday activities are painful and difficult, if not completely impossible. If you’re at your wit’s end from the pain keeping you up all night and making you feel wretched all day but still want a drug-free approach, you may have considered carpal tunnel exercises.

Carpal Tunnel Origins

Exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome seem like a reasonable way to ease the burning pain – after all, exercise is good for you, right? Well, under certain circumstances exercise is fine. But when you understand the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, exercise no longer seems like the best approach to healing. Fortunately, there is natural approach that’s safe and effective. Keep reading to learn more.

What happens in carpal tunnel syndrome is that the band of ligaments surrounding the wrist becomes inflamed and swollen, pressing on the median nerve that passes through the narrow space (the carpal tunnel) between the ligaments and the wrist bones. Pressure on the nerve is what causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel.

And what causes the inflammation to occur in the first place? One or more of the tiny bones that comprise the wrist can become misaligned, triggering the chain reaction of inflammation, swelling and pressure leading to symptoms. And in many cases, there can be a misalignment in other arm joints, the neck or the upper back that compound the wrist misalignment.

Exercise – More Harm Than Good

It’s certainly true that when your body is healthy, exercise can strengthen it and help keep you healthy. But when you have a joint out of alignment and inflamed, subjecting it to further stress by exercising it can aggravate the situation, leading to increased pain. Even if it doesn’t hurt, it’s unlikely that exercise will help your carpal tunnel symptoms, since it doesn’t address the underlying misalignment. Exercises for carpal tunnel may result in the following:

  • Increased swelling of tissue surrounding the carpal tunnel, putting more pressure on the median nerve and worsening symptoms
  • Additional tissue damage or bony misalignment elsewhere in the arm caused by overtaxing the weakened area
  • Exacerbating the original misalignment by putting additional stress on the joint

Imagine the frustration of trying to heal your body naturally, without drugs or carpal tunnel surgery, only to make it worse. The good news is, there’s a simple solution – and it’s all natural and totally drug-free!

One Size Fits One

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Natural healing for carpal tunnel is as simple as 2 + 2!

Traditional medicine has a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment: typical carpal tunnel treatment is to try drugs, then carpal tunnel release surgery. But every person and every body is unique, which is why chiropractic often gets better, more lasting results than traditional medicine – it’s a one-size-fits-one approach! Chiropractic looks at each person as a whole and very specifically addresses each person’s particular needs. If you’ve never tried chiropractic – or never considered it for carpal tunnel syndrome – you may not realize they’re a natural fit. Locating and precisely and safely correcting misalignments in the spine and joints of the body is what chiropractors do!

Our sponsors are all highly educated doctors, licensed by their state and approved by most insurance providers. Choose a practice near your home or workplace and give them a call to try this natural and safe approach to healing your carpal tunnel syndrome. When you do, you’ll discover a compassionate professional who wants to help your body heal itself. The doctor will ask some questions to understand your history and help determine if chiropractic is right for you. If so, you’ll have a thorough exam and then the doctor will explain the results of the exam and a plan designed to address your specific problems.

The plan will be tailor-made for you, identifying any areas of misalignment and applying precise chiropractic adjustment(s) to help return correct alignment and eliminate the nerve irritation causing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Sufferers Applaud Chiropractic

Alternative health care approaches continue to gain in popularity and, worldwide, chiropractic is the most popular of all. We wouldn’t enjoy this level of popularity and patient satisfaction if we didn’t get results! And the fact is, we get excellent results with carpal tunnel, which delights our patients and encourages more and more people to try chiropractic for natural healing.

Try a natural – and safe – approach first. Take action to eliminate not just the symptoms but the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome by calling one of our sponsoring chiropractors now.

But I Don’t Use My Computer Much!

A LOT OF ATTENTION has been given to repetitive motion disorders (RMDs), which are conditions occurring as a result of repeating the same motion over and over again. Carpal tunnel syndrome can fall into this category, sometimes afflicting computer users, construction workers, grocery store cashiers and hairdressers, to name but a few.
BUT EVEN IF YOU DON’T perform repeated motions, you may still have carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, in most cases, the reason behind the symptoms is unknown. Illness, trauma (as simple as bumping into a doorway or sleeping awkwardly, for instance), obesity and hormones from pregnancy can cause physiological changes that result in a mal-positioned bone in the wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck or back that ultimately creates swelling in the carpal tunnel, irritation of the median nerve running into your hand, and the painful symptoms you know as carpal tunnel syndrome.
SO DON’T IGNORE your symptoms just because you don’t type for hours at a stretch or use a jackhammer every day! Whether your carpal tunnel symptoms are related to repetitive motion or not, they are a sign of an underlying problem that needs attention.
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