Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is defined as pain, numbness or tingling in the fingers or hands due to an inflamed median nerve. The cause of CTS is due to repetitive and forceful movements of the arm and shoulder; the muscles move in such a repetitive motion that they start to aggravate the median nerve.
One of the largest complaints and culprits of CTS is typing on a keyboard. In corporate America, spending long hours at a desk is not uncommon, and an estimated 11% of all workers experience some signs of CTS.
Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It’s important first to make sure the muscles have ample time to recover after use. Slight alterations in the way the individual uses those same muscles can also help alleviate pain and discomfort. In the workplace, some companies have gone through great strides to make sure their employees don’t experience any pain while on the job.
Ergonomic office equipment such as keyboards, chairs and desks have helped ease CTS in employees. At Danubio Chiropractic Offices, it isn’t enough to simply invest in new office equipment. Dr. Richard Danubio recommends periodically shaking or stretching out the affected limbs while at work. Take deep breaths or go for a quick walk to the other side of the building or around the block. It’s also important to keep good posture — shoulders should be down and relaxing, feet firmly planted on the floor, and all typing materials should be at eye level.
How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help CTS
Dr. Danubio will perform gentle yet effective chiropractic adjustments on patients with CTS. These adjustments are designed to loosen tense muscles that are aggravating nearby nerves. Oftentimes tension starts in the neck or upper back and works it’s way down the shoulder and arm, causing CTS symptoms. Our patients will also be prescribed hand and wrist exercises that are designed to help reduce inflammation.
Have you been experiencing pain while at work? Contact our Peabody chiropractor today to schedule an appointment.