Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment is needed when you have an issue related to the median nerve which usually results in numbness, tingling, pins and needles, and weakness of the hand.
It is commonly thought that the median nerve is being pinched within the carpal tunnel due to repetitive movement or awkward wrist positioning.
What is the carpal tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist through which muscles tendons and the median nerve pass.
What is the median nerve?
The median nerve is the main nerve of the front of the forearm. It supplies nerve impulses from the central nervous system to the muscles of the front of your forearm and muscles of the hand. It also provides feeling from the hand.
Problems with this nerve can result in weakness, numbness, pins and needles and pain in the hand and forearm.
What is the usual carpal tunnel syndrome treatment?
The traditional carpal tunnel syndrome treatment is to perform daily stretches and wear a wrist splint at night. This often does not help and the next stage is sometimes surgery. Surgery is also often unsuccessful in eliminating symptoms. Many of our patients have tried these treatments without success.
Why doesn’t the usual carpal tunnel syndrome treatment work very well?
There are many reasons carpal tunnel syndrome treatment may not work well. Sometimes the issue is due to a tumour pressing on the nerve but this is rare. To find out the reason, we have to look holistically at the rest of your body.
Since we have a 100% success rate based on our treatment, we have noted the following.
In the image below, we can see that you can follow the course of the median nerve further up the arm, into the shoulder and up to the neck.
Inside the vertebra (bones) of the neck, the nerves are attached to the spinal cord, which is attached to your brain.
In 1978, a neurosurgeon called Alf Brieg released a book called- Adverse mechanical tension in the central nervous system: An analysis of cause and effect: relief by functional neurosurgery.
He found that when we move our spine, we stretch (tension) or slacken nerves in our body. He found that flexion (looking down) produced a lot of tension, and could stretch a nerve so much that it caused problems in the areas the nerve supplied.
We have found that in those with very poor posture, your spine can be misaligned and stuck in a position which stretches the median nerve and mimics carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
To make matters worse the muscles around the front of your shoulder can also pinch the nerves as they pass by; making the situation worse.
Lastly, the alignment of the collar bone and upper ribs can also pinch and stretch the nerves as they pass between them.
About our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment?
We have found that the median nerve is actually rarely being pinched in the carpal tunnel. What we often find is that the median nerve is being stretched and compressed along its entire length.
We focus on correcting your alignment using a hands-on treatment called Advanced BioStructural Correction. This form of treatment quickly relieves the excess tension on the median nerve by;
- Correcting the shape of your spine to reduce nerve stretch (tension).
- Improving the position of your 1st and 2nd ribs.
- Doing the above naturally improves your posture which helps the muscles of your neck, chest and shoulder relax.
Our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment actually involves much more as it is a whole-body treatment. You can find out more about Advanced BioStructural Correction here.
Who needs carpal tunnel syndrome treatment?
Specifically, we have observed the following similarities with our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment patients:
- A very forward head posture.
- A hump at the base of the neck.
- A flattening of the spine between the shoulder blades.
- Rounded shoulders.
- Poor chest function leading to breathing issues.
Many of our patients have other issues alongside the carpal tunnel syndrome complaint such as; poor sleep quality, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain. Since we are targetting the root of the problem, we find that all these other issues usually resolve too.
Liaising with their GP or consultant, they usually can reduce and stop the drugs they have been taking to help themselves (all of which have serious side-effects).
How quickly does our carpal tunnel treatment work?
We have helped a lot of people with our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.
To date, all have experienced an immediate improvement with the first treatment.
This is because the nerves can immediately recover their function once the tension is released. Sometimes it can take about 10 days for a nerve to return to full function but, if you are diabetic or have other issues that affect your nerves, this can take longer or prevent a full recovery (although this situation is rare).
Each treatment releases and unlocks your body and therefore several treatments are required to achieve a life-changing difference. Long-term treatment is needed to completely correct the deep-seated injuries that created the misalignments in the first place. This long-term journey is called unwinding and is needed to remove the majority of the underlying cause.
Additional advice for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment
Often, when sleeping the symptoms worsen due to the position of the head and shoulder which can stretch and compress the nerve even more. We will recommend you a mattress and pillow which will greatly improve the alignment of the spine when sleeping to reduce the symptoms.
We also recommend sitting on a seat wedge which helps you stop slouching and dropping your head forward as this also stretches the nerves. Looking down at your phone, laptop, etc also will worsen your condition so we will teach you how to avoid that position. You can learn all about this with our advice on the best sitting posture.
Your shoes affect your posture too and can make you hold your body in positions which aggravate the carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more about the best shoes for your health and posture here.
If you would like to find out more about our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment please get in touch with us to discuss your problem.
Find out more about Advanced BioStructural Correction here.
Find out more about Advanced BioStructural Correction here.