If you text and tweet a lot, there’s something you should know: #CarpalTunnelSyndrome.

Chiropractors are reporting an increase in patients seeking treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. And it’s likely due to texting and tweeting.

Carpal tunnel occurs when the median nerve in the forearm and hand gets pinched, resulting in hand numbness, tingling sensations, moderate to severe wrist pain and even finger immobility. Sometimes people get it because their median nerve is too large for the tunnel that leads from the forearm to the palm. Sometimes people get it from repetitive hand and finger motions, such as texting. Almost always, it hurts. Luckily, chiropractors can help.

The first step toward treating carpal tunnel is seeing your chiropractor for an examination. You’ll work together to determine what’s causing the discomfort–is it congenital, or is there something you’re doing in your daily life–like texting or typing too much–that’s pinching the nerve?

Once a diagnosis is made, your chiropractor will outline a treatment plan that could include:


Cold Laser Therapy Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

An exciting advance in the treatment of carpel tunnel syndrome is cold laser therapy which is accurately targeted to the carpel tunnel and median nerve. It has been shown to be very effective in reducing inflammation which in turn stops the symptoms.

Chiropractic Adjustments and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic adjustments for carpal tunnel syndrome don’t just focus on your hand, wrist and elbow. They can also include your back, neck and shoulder, because all of these areas of your body are affected by the median nerve. During the procedure, your chiropractor will adjust your joints and spine to ensure they are in their proper position and not creating undue pressure on your nerves. Proper nerve flow throughout the entire body helps reduce symptoms of carpal tunnel.

Lifestyle Changes and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Changing your lifestyle can be one of the most effective treatments. Your chiropractor can help you figure out which stretches and exercises will best work to eliminate your symptoms. And, you might even consider reducing the number of texts and tweets you send each day.

So what are you waiting for? #SeeYourChiropractorToday.