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WRIST PAIN – A Repetitive Stress

Probably the most common repetitive stress injury is the carpal tunnel syndrome that is triggered by repeated forceful wrist flexion. Store check-out clerks, computer operators and other such occupations are subject to recurring bouts of wrist pain.

According to the Merck Medical Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, a chief consideration for the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is nerve root compression in the lower cervical spine (neck). Chiropractic authorities agree, stating that spinal subluxations (misaligned vertebrae) in the lower neck can result in nerve root irritation causing an inflammation of the median nerve in the wrist.

A slightly inflamed nerve can go unnoticed for years until it is aggravated by repeated action of the wrist. To the suffering individual, it is logical that the repetitious action of the wrist is causing the pain. But behind it all, may be the spinal subluxation, which caused the nerve to be slightly inflamed in the first place.

Helpful treatment, first and foremost, is to remove any spinal subluxations with gentle spinal adjustments. Reduce the inflammation by resting the wrist and ceasing the repetitive action. Wrist braces or splints are helpful. Posture adjustments can be helpful also. For a keyboard operator, adjust the height of the seat and check for proper back support pressure. Feet should be flat on the floor, back straight and forearms level with the keyboard.

A more drastic approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome is to surgically enlarge the tunnel in the wrist through which the inflamed nerve passes. While the surgery may provide some relief, the procedure is expensive, painful and disabling.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments and reducing the wrist activity is all that is generally needed to remove the pain and restore the wrist back to normal. If you or a friend have a wrist problem, let us help you regain normal, pain-free function. Call our office today for an appointment. See what chiropractic care can do for you.

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My Hands are Aching or Is it Arthritis!!

A too-firm handshake is painful. Tying shoelaces was routine, now it is a labored effort. Forget about opening that pickle jar or lifting that iron skillet.

Such activities are hardships for the twenty million sufferers of arthritis who spend more than a billion dollars annually for “temporary relief.”

Arthritis is a chemical imbalance in the body that often results from wrong eating, drinking and thinking and with an improperly functioning nervous system.

Body tissues and organs are maintained in perfect health by the nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal column and spinal nerves.

Interference with the nerves to the digestive organs can cause a chemical imbalance through improperly digested foods and when the kidneys and bowels are unable to rid the body of excess waste, the build up may cause us to be still and sore. When the glandular system secretes excess hormones due to nerve interference and/or excess emotions, the hormones which are acid, begin to eat on us if not utilized or eliminated.

Chiropractic care, along with proper diet, rest, exercise and a balanced mental attitude helps restore the body’s systems back to normal functioning efficiency. Give Chiropractic Care a chance to help you become more healthy.

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Tennis Elbow Pain, Anyone?

Whether you are competing against yourself or on a team, competitive athletes want the ability to “give it all you’ve got.” You want to play up to your natural talent; and frustration occurs when injury disables you, especially one that keeps coming back.

Tennis Elbow is just such an injury. Tennis Elbow (“elbow tendonitis” or “epicondylitis”) is inflammation where a tendon attaches one of the forearm muscles to the bone of the upper arm. Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include inflammation, elbow pain and wrist weakness. Tennis Elbow is diagnosed in players of all racquet sports and in carpenters, electricians, skiers, bowlers and golfers.

Bad form, improper body positioning and repetitive arm and wrist motion are thought by most to be causes of tennis elbow and a similar condition called “Little League Elbow” in which pitchers experience “locking up” of the elbow joint, limited range of motion, pain, numbness and weakness. It is clear with “Little League Elbow” that there is also entrapment of the nerves that run from the spine through the elbow joint.

If Tennis Elbow and Little League Elbow affected everyone with bad form, everyone with bad form would have these conditions, and they don’t!! Sitting through a tennis or baseball tournament. You see plenty of pitchers and players with bad form and all of them don’t suffer elbow pain. Also, every busy carpenter and electrician would be affected. Are they? The answer is NO!!

It’s not old age. Granted, there are “destructive forces” that come with aging. The fact stands out, that the young can be disabled by these forces when many very mature players are not. Age really doesn’t seem to be the critical factor.

We’re not suggesting that correcting bad habits in your form isn’t a good idea. It is!! Make sure that you get lessons from a good instructor in any sport you play. But, that isn’t all that’s necessary, and it doesn’t help the carpenters and electricians.

The first line of defense should be making sure that your body is properly balanced and that your spinal bones and nerve supply can help support your game. Negative physical stress caused by misalignments of the spinal bones can interfere with the body’s rebuilding of healthy tissue, including tendons and muscles. Tennis Elbow can recur because there isn’t sufficient nerve supply necessary to rebuild healthy elbow tissue. Chiropractors work to restore normal nerve supply which creates good healing.

Start any competitive season by having you spine checked for correct body balance and good nerve function so you can play up to you talent and, heal at your body’s highest potential level. Call us, today, to schedule your appointment.

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