Select Health and Wellness sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the women had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also observed that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you can't effectively resolve a problem until you fully understand its cause. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL location and ask how Select Health and Wellness can help you get relief!
De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.