What is Carpal Tunnel?
Do you have hand pain? Wrist pain? Numbness or tingling? Do these symptoms and warning signs wake you up and make you lose sleep? You might have carpal tunnel. It’s medical name is actually carpal tunnel syndrome. This painful condition can be caused by one of several factors. But you might be surprised to know that one of the factors causing it can be a dysfunction in your spine. Spine misalignment can mimic or cause a number of conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Spine misalignment and carpal tunnel
Spinal subluxations are specific misalignments of the spinal vertebrae. They are most commonly in the lower cervical spine. That misalignment can cause swelling in the nerves responsible for carrying sensory impulses from the wrist and hand.
Thus, the carpal tunnel deep inside the wrist may be perfectly normal. However, an irritated or inflamed nerve at the spine can make it feel like the pain originates from the fingers, hand or wrist. In addition, this nerve irritation can produce inflammation (swelling) in the muscles and other tissues that it supplies all along the nerve’s length in the arm. This can make the muscles and tendons hypersensitive, and that can result in abnormal tension in the forearm. In the end, the resulting mechanical forces produced by spinal misalignment can be the root cause the carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
The root cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is tendon inflammation. To permanently alleviate such inflammation, merely removing pressure on the median nerve (like surgery attempts) is not enough. And it’s one reason carpal tunnel release surgery has a high failure rate. Only myofascial release massage therapy can alleviate the inflammation permanently because it drains fluid while also breaking the adhesions that cause the inflammation. It’s nearly 100% effective, but you need such massage expertly performed by a trained therapist daily and for 4 weeks. Or you can use Carpal Rx which is calibrated to perform this identical deep tissue massage on your wrist and forearm automatically, at home, and every day for 4 weeks.