Wrist problems are generally related to overuse injuries or micro traumas related to sport or work related activities.
Often, the nerves (usually median nerve) become entrapped, leading to loss of muscle function or numbness/tingling in the hand.
When there is a trauma involved with the wrist, it is often due to a fall onto the outstretched arm and can result in carpal bone fractures (often the scaphoid) or dislocations.
There are a number of commonly seen conditions relating to wrist issues such as: carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s of the thumb, wrist sprains and strains, scaphoid fracture, lunate dislocation, triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) tear, and ganglion cysts to name a few.
The most common causes of wrist problems we see at Kirsh Chiropractic are:
- Poor posture (upper cross syndrome)
- Overuse injuries (labour work, computer/mouse work)
- Poor sitting and sleeping position
- Underlying pathology
Once any serious pathology or injury is ruled out, the likely reason for wrist pain/numbness is due to poor posture. If the bones in the spine are not aligned well, it can place excess tension on the nerves that exit the neck region resulting in pain and loss of sensation down the arm or in the hand.
This loss of normal spinal alignment can also cause a shift in normal shoulder and elbow position thus causing the wrist joint and carpal bones to lose normal mechanical function, leading to aches and pains in the area.
TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?
There are two ways people look to help wrist pain:
1. Treat the pain and symptoms:
Medication is often a ‘quick fix’ method for helping wrist pain, along with many other therapies that solely focus reducing the symptoms. While this may help remove the immediate pain, it is a short-term solution and does not correct the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment. The problem is likely to return.
Pain treatment, without ever addressing the root cause of wrist pain, can result in an ongoing and increasing need for medication. As you age, mobility can be severely impacted, and ongoing wrist pain can decrease quality of life.
2. Correct the cause of the problem:
Imagine being able to identify the cause of your wrist pain and resolving that issue!
Treatment with ABC™, through real and immediate correction of body structure results in improved spinal alignment and posture. Over time this process will both improve the symptoms and lead to long term resolution of the structural cause of wrist pain.
HOW ADVANCED BIO-STRUCTURAL CORRECTION™ HELPS WRIST PAIN/NUMBNESS:
Our Chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ (ABC™) is a hands on therapy that corrects spinal alignment and posture. ABC™ is a therapy that looks at the body as a whole and not just individual parts operating separately from each other. By acknowledging that the body is a single, whole functioning unit, we can get to the root of your body issues and truly correct them while preventing issues from developing in the future. Correcting your structural alignment from top to bottom takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your back. Removing these pressures helps the body to heal naturally.
ABC™ consists broadly of manoeuvres such as spinal stretches, hands on adjustments of the spine, ribs, and lower extremities which result in consistent and predictable results including postural correction.
Correcting your spinal alignment with Advanced Bio- Structural Correction™ helps you get real and immediate relief from wrist pain, as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future. In short, ABC™ is a holistic healthcare system aimed at not only improving symptoms but helping bodies to function and feel their best. By improving posture through this therapy, one will notice ease in breathing, clarity in the head, and often a sense balance in the body.
POSTURE AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION:
The nervous system is our communication pathway between our body and brain. It helps to regulate and control every action in our body. It is extremely important that our nervous system is working at its optimum if we want to function well and live a healthy life.
As our structural system (mostly skull and spine) encloses and protects our nervous system, it can have a direct influence on how well our brain, spinal cord and its peripheral nerves are functioning.
If the alignment of the bones in our structural system, especially our spine start to lose their ideal shape or become dysfunctional it can impact the nervous system adversely.
By improving spinal alignment and posture, pressure and tension can come off your nervous system. In turn, this helps your body to function and feel its best while reducing the likelihood of encountering injuries and greater problems in the future.
At Kirsh Chiropractic our goal is to fix bodies and help prevent injuries from returning. Ultimately, we want to make your body work well so you can enjoy life uninhibited by pain. Once posture is corrected, it is recommended to keep it in good shape. This is best managed through a protective adjustment periodically, along with our advice around day to day living.
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