There are other conditions in the hands and arms that present in a similar way to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This blog post should help shed light on what CTS is, and how chiropractc can treat it. Carpal Tunnel and Office Work An administrative assistant who lives at her desk regularly feels hand pain with…

Carpal Tunnel and Office Work

An administrative assistant who lives at her desk regularly feels hand pain with numbness. She’s had some physical therapy. She’s also seen a hand specialist and a neurologist.

She’s starting to feel helpless. The pain is getting worse and it’s looking like she’ll need surgery. She’s also afraid to tell her boss — what if she loses her job because of her carpal tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel and Motherhood

New moms and pregnant women often present with similar symptoms. Generalized swelling and ligamentous laxity—ligaments that loosen from pregnancy—can lead to carpal tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel and Manual Labor

Many of the activities involved with physically demanding jobs create carpal tunnel symptoms. Construction workers and “do it yourself’ers” alike perform grasping and pulling motions. They use equipment which creates vibrations. Their hand tools create tension in the wrist and forearm.

What Exactly Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition. It comes from compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. CTS can present in one hand or both hands depending on your activity.

The main symptoms of CTS are pain, numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the thumb side of the ring finger(s), although CTS may present with symptoms in all five fingers on one hand.

Symptoms typically start gradually and early complaints often arise during the night. Pain may extend up the arm. Weak grip strength may occur. After a long period of time the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away.

Risk factors include obesity, repetitive wrist work, pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis.

How Do You Diagnose Carpal Tunnel?

We take a thorough health history and listen to your description of the symptoms. We listen carefully and use an exam to determine if you have CTS or another condition.

How Do You Treat Carpal Tunnel?

We generally start with a trial of 6 visits, twice a week for three weeks and monitor the patient’s progress.

Treatments may include—

Chiropractic Adjustments

  1. Adjustments to the carpal bones to restore the normal position and function to the wrist.
  2. Adjustments to the neck and upper back to relieve tension on the spine and nerves that innervate the wrist and hand.

Manual Therapy Techniques

  1. Massage
  2. Pin and stretch

Therapeutic Exercises

  1. Mobilize the nerves and tendons
  2. Strengthen the surrounding muscles

Lifestyle changes

  1. Ergonomic advice for your workstation
  2. Therapeutic exercise routine
  3. Warming up before work

Are There Any Exercises I Can Do for Carpal Tunnel?
Stretching the area before work.


Yup, it’s that easy! Imagine you just burned your hand on the stove and shake vigorously

Wrist Flex and Extend

  1. Hold your arm straight out in front of you, wrist and hand straight, palm of your hand facing down.
  2. Bend your wrist down so your fingers point toward the floor.
  3. Use your other hand to increase the stretch, gently pulling the fingers toward your body.
  4. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
  5. Return to a straight, neutral wrist with palm facing down.
  6. Bend your wrist up so your fingertips point toward the ceiling.
  7. Use your other hand to gently pull your fingers back toward you.

Repeat 10 times.

Do this up to three times a day.

Prayer and Reverse Prayer Stretch

Just like it sounds. Place your palms together and feel a gentle stretch across your wrists as your gently pull your wrists down.

To reverse the stretch, place the backs of your hands together, fingers pointing up. Notice the gentle stretch as your raise your wrists upwards.

Hand Squeezes for Grip Strength.

  1. Squeeze a pair of balled-up socks or a soft rubber ball.
  2. Hold for 5 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Do this up to three times a day.

If Any of These Stretches Hurt, Take a Break. If You Push It, You Can Make Your Symptoms Much Worse.

Think You Have Carpal Tunnel?

PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BE SURE. Our team of chiropractors can assess your condition and walk you through the exercise movements.