Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) often strikes those who spend hours per day working on the computer keyboard, with the repetitive motion that goes with the work, leaving sufferers in pain and often unable to work.
But CTS is not limited to those who spend their days on the computer. It can strike people from various professions.
Musicians, from guitar players to pianists and beyond, often suffer from CTS.
At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab in Cornelius, near the shores of Lake Norman, Dr. Jen Lidstrom and our professional and friendly staff can help treat your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, whether it’s from too many hours on the keyboard or too much time on the piano keys. Contact Lakeside Sports today to learn more or to make an appointment.
The professional chiropractic group ChiroTrust notes that CTS can affect musicians because they often employ rapid and repetitive movements of their fingers to make that beautiful music.
Extremely repetitive movements done at a quick pace can dramatically increase the risk of developing CTS.
Other Carpal Tunnel risk factors include obesity, being over the age of 50 and being female. Other risk factors are diabetes, thyroid disease and arthritis.
If you suffer from these conditions, the risk of you developing CTS rises significantly.
Risk factors for Carpal Tunnel can be cut down by:
- Losing weight
- Reducing musical practice time
- Changing the pace of your musical practice sessions. For example, switch between fast and slow tempos while rehearsing or practicing
- Taking brief breaks during practice
How does chiropractic treatment help those with Carpal Tunnel?
Treatment focuses on the underlying causes of CTS and helps prevent nerves from compressing. It is believed that compression of the median nerve, which runs from the neck to the hand, can lead to CTS-related pain.
The best way to determine compression locations is by placing pressure over spots of nerve entrapment. These include:
- The wrist’s carpal tunnel
- The forearm close to the elbow
- The inner upper arm area near the elbow
- The shoulder and arm pit area
- Under the collar bone
- Between the anterior and medial scalene muscles in the front and side of the neck
Some chiropractic treatments employed are known as manual release techniques, trigger point therapies and joint manipulation.
Using a splint you can wear at night and exercise routines also can be used to combat CTS. Nutrition is also a major player.
Some treatment exercises that can be used are:
- Carpal stretches and the First Rib Stretch. The carpal stretch has the patient stand sideways against a wall with elbow straight, fingers downward, and the palm against the wall at shoulder level.
- You should feel a deep stretch in forearm muscles on the palm side.
- After, bend your head sideways, away from the wall. Use your opposite hand and gently pull your head farther sideways. Hold this for 30 seconds, not any longer, and repeat two to three times or until you feels loosened up.
- This can be done multiple times per day.
At Lakeside Sports, we work to help you avoid surgery.
Try these exercises and our treatments before you consider having surgery, which is often costly – and should be your last option to relieve pain.