Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many people experience discomfort in their fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. This can range from numbness, tingling like the hand is falling asleep, loss of feeling, aches and pains and loss of strength causing items to be dropped.

I’d like to give you ideas on how to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome or, if you’re having this condition, how you can obtain relief.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an extremely common condition of the forearm, wrist, hands and fingers particularly the thumb, index and middle fingers many times brought on by repetitive stress. Mostly, this condition responds to conservative treatment vs. surgery.

Since carpal tunnel syndrome affects so many people I’d like to give you ideas to reduce the effects.

First, avoid over-use or repetitive strain. For instance, rather that getting all your typing or keying done all at once when replying to your emails, periodically get up and do something else. By taking breaks we can reduce the repetitive stress to the hands and wrist and give those areas a chance to rest and hopefully not get overly irritated.

Second, wear a carpal tunnel syndrome brace at night to support the wrist. This brace is like a long glove with the thumb and fingers cut out. It has a plastic or metal stay at the palm and wrist which keeps the wrist from bending and getting irritated. These can be bought at your local drug store.

Third, be aware of your wrist posture. Try to keep your wrists in a neutral position when typing, keying or using a computer mouse. If your wrist is in an awkward position for long periods of time it will get irritated.

Fourth, gently stretch your wrist up and down and individually stretch your fingers up and down in the morning and periodically through the day to keep movement and flexibility.

Many times there is an association between carpal tunnel syndrome and our neck. Nerves exit the spine in the neck area and make their way into our wrist and hand. If the nerve is pinched in the neck it can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. So we always check both the wrist and the neck and aim our treatments at the appropriate areas.

Look to chiropractic care for a safe, conservative, non-surgical, treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. To learn more about avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome watch this short video.

Children and Chiropractic Care

B2When watching children in every day play and activities it is obvious and noticeable that they are more active than most adults. It may seem inconceivable that they are subject to the same injuries and maladies as adults. This appears especially so in the case of lower back pain. However, a recent research study investigated lower back pain prevalence among children and found spinal pain to be a common condition. This article will describe low back pain disorders of children and adolescents and a potential solution.

Children and adolescents tend to be very active. When one observes children, especially those in the juvenile age group, they always seem to be in motion. When of their own volition, they seem never to be sitting still, standing or even walking. They are almost always running, skipping, hopping and jumping. Constant movement appears to be their default setting. One would presume that vigorous physical movement makes them happy, joyous and brings them their greatest pleasure.

Because of this exuberance it is hard to believe that children and adolescents could be potential candidates to develop lower back pain. Yet, a research study published BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, March 2017 found that spinal back pain is common among adolescents and children. The study monitored schoolchildren ages 8 to 15 for three years. It found 55% experienced one or more episodes of back pain during that time. Though most children had only a few short-lasting episodes of spinal pain, more than one out of five children had three or more episodes during each study year, and 17% of all episodes lasted for more than a month. This led the investigators to note that spinal pain is a substantial problem among children.

To be sure most lower back pain episodes in children are short-lived and on an occasional basis only. But a number of juveniles and adolescents are known to have reoccurring and chronic conditions of pain in the back. Unfortunately, children with lower back pain tend to become adults with back pain. Chronic lower back pain in adults is a significant problem in the United States. These individuals tend to require more healthcare and more healthcare monetary expenditures. They tend to suffer more disability which creates a burden to family and institutional caregivers. They may not be able to hold employment and therefore require government disability coverage in payments.

It is to everyone’s advantage to try to prevent or minimize our population from having chronic lower back pain. One way this can be accomplished is through chiropractic care for children. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat children with musculoskeletal pain. The care that a doctor of chiropractic provides is safe, nonsurgical, drug-free and cost-effective.

The chiropractic profession has been helping people of all ages who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders like pain of the back for over 122 years. That certainly qualifies as a track record of success!

Learn more about lower back pain by watching this short video. Lower back pain can be helped with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care: A Migraine Headache Solution

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Chiropractic Care for Migraine Headaches

Mostly everyone will agree that chiropractic care can certainly address all manner of physical ailments. In fact, the ability of talented chiropractors to treat physical injuries and strains in a holistic manner has allowed the field to grow as a popular alternative to traditional medical treatments. While many are well aware of the numerous benefits associated with chiropractic care, few realize the truly wide scope of treatment via chiropractic medicine. Case in point, few realize that chiropractors offer viable migraine headache treatment.

This might come as a great surprise to many because very few will automatically think a visit to a chiropractor’s office is the right solution for dealing with a tension headache. Yet, as many will attest, exploring the treatment options made available by chiropractic care may be the best thing to do when dealing with serious migraine headache ailments.

A closer examination of how chiropractic care works quickly reveals that there should not be much surprise to its effectiveness with dealing with migraines. Chiropractic treatment can certainly alleviate the common underlying factors which can cause a migraine headache. For example, muscle tension in the neck region is a common factor that contributes to the presence of a migraine headache. Chiropractic treatment can reduce such tension which, in turn, can reduce the frequency in which migraine headaches occur.

There are scores of other physical ailments which can contribute to migraine headaches. These ailments can include limited mobility in the neck, excess tension in the shoulders or back, or postural misalignments in the spine. Once such problems are effectively addressed, the consistency of dealing with a migraine headache may very well be reduced.

Of course, questions will still arise regarding the safety and effectiveness of this methodology.

Is there any concrete proof that chiropractic treatment is a better option? And how can potential patients be sure that chiropractic care may be better for them than traditional treatments methods?

There has been quite a bit of research and work performed by those seeking to establish the merits of chiropractic care to treat a migraine headache. Recently, a study was performed that included a group of people who suffered from tension headaches. These headache sufferers fell into two groups – those that underwent six weeks of chiropractic care and those that took traditional medication for the same six week period. At the conclusion of the study, both groups of patients had experienced noticeable improvements. However, it was duly noted that the patients who underwent chiropractic care treatment had far fewer side effects. Once the six week treatment concluded, those that underwent chiropractic care did not experience a return of their headache symptoms. Those that had taken traditional medication saw their symptoms return almost immediately.

With such information available, it is strongly advised that anyone with a serious migraine headache problem should look towards an appointment with a well established chiropractor. The reason is simple: chiropractic medicine may very well be able to provide the much needed solution to your headache woes.

See Dr James Schofield’s information for migraine headache care. Chiropractic care solutions for headaches may be found here.