The median nerve is a nerve that runs from the shoulder to the hand. The carpal tunnel is a small area between bones of the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, is defined as compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. This compression often results in pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness, burning, or tingling into the hand and, more specifically, the thumb, index and middle finger.
The most common cause of CTS is poor work posture and repeated use of hand tools or computer equipment. It is very important to stretch and strengthen the ligaments supporting the wrist frequently to prevent compression of the median nerve. Chiropractic adjustments correctly align the joints of the wrist allowing the median nerve to pass through cleanly.
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