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    How can a chiropractor help treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

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    Dr Michael Powderly

    Chiropractor, Kinesiologist

    .Dr Michael Powderly is a Chiropractor of 22 years’ experience, practicing in Surrey Hills Melbourne, and consulting for the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 Rugby Union … View Profile

    Entrapment of the median nerve in the wrist inside the carpal tunnel has a variety of causes. Chiropractors, particularly those trained in sports injury management, are able to access the causes of carpal tunnel pressure on the median nerve and, in most cases, correct them. This correction is achieved either by manipulating the joints of the wrist into position or by correcting nerve interference that is stopping the body from fixing itself. Chiropractors may also use supportive measures such as wrist supports, taping, corrective exercise, etc. Although some cases of carpel tunnel may require surgery, I suggest that it's best to try the chiropractic approach first.

  • Jack Cowled

    Chiropractor

    After treating a range of professional and amateur athletes in Scotland, Jack Cowled has returned to become LiveActive’s dedicated sports chiropractor. Jack's long history of … View Profile

    There are many distinct causes of median nerve entrapment, which will cause the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    A chiropractor will assess the mobility and function of the bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons in the wrist and forearm to determine what is the causative factor, and then base a treatment option around these.

    Treatment will usually consist of adjustments, mobilisations, muscle release techniques and occasionally taping/wrist supports. A strengthening program should also be implemented to prevent the recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    In some severe cases surgery may be indicated, however it is wise to seek less invasive treatment options first.

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