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Posted on 12-15-2016
If you are preparing to learn how to give chiropractic treatments to help patients with their carpal tunnel, it’s a good idea for you to become more familiar with the ailment and its treatment methods. With so many people working in jobs that require frequent repetitive motion, from office environments to factories, there is a huge potential for them to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
One of the most common ways people get carpal tunnel syndrome is through excessive repetitive motion. For example, consider workers who are typing at high rates of speed to meet a demanding manager’s deadline, or mechanics taking apart and reassembling the same type of automotive equipment over and over all day long.
Workers who stand at assembly lines for the duration of their shift putting together the same tiny component are also candidates for carpal tunnel syndrome. In general, people doing monotonous tasks that machines could do with much more precision are the most at risk.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include weakness, numbness and tingling sensations, often in the hand and wrist. This is caused by pressure being applied to the median nerve on the patient’s wrist. Besides repetitive motion, patients can contract carpal tunnel as a side effect of pregnancy, diabetes, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients who are looking for a non-surgical remedy for carpal tunnel syndrome will be relying on you and your chiropractic knowledge to ease their pain and help reduce the pressure on their median nerve.
Keep in mind that spinal misalignment can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors of Chiropractic will adjust the spine to realign it and reduce the painful sensations. Adjustments will also be done on the wrist and arm as needed.
In addition to manipulations and massage, you can use ultrasound therapy. The equipment aims low-energy or high-energy sound waves at the affected tissue. These powerful sound waves, which people cannot hear, will go deep into the body where they cut down on inflammation, relax muscles and diminish pain.
Being able to relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome thanks to your chiropractic training can give you a profound sense of professional accomplishment. There’s nothing quite like seeing a patient’s eyes light up after you have provided some measure of relief.
If you are interested in becoming a chiropractor and treating people in pain so they can get more out of life, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our school, which is conveniently located in Pasadena, Texas.
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