Most of us use our hands and wrists constantly to make our day happen at home and at work. We may spend long periods at home and work using hands, wrists and thumbs to text and type. Instead of taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers that can lead to other health problems and side effects, you can visit a chiropractor for care. A chiropractor may be able to help relieve your symptoms and restore the range of motion in your hands, wrists and fingers.
Here are some injuries that may come up from constantly using our hands and wrists.
Thumb pain – Constant use texting can trigger gradual or abrupt pain on the thumb side of the wrist that can move up the arm.
Locking finger pain – Using the fingers to push too hard on the keyboard can irritate the tendons that allow the fingers to bend. Fingers may lock up, pop or become increasingly painful.
Carpal tunnel syndrome – Over time, keyboard efforts may trigger tingling, pain and numbness in the index finger, thumb, middle finger, and ring finger as the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel area of the wrist.
Neck and back pain – Long sessions hunched over a keyboard can create neck and back pain as the weight of the head exerts pressure on the tendons in the back and neck. Practicing good posture with the head balanced over the spine and the monitor positioned with the top of the screen at eye level will help eliminate strain.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
In some cases, pain in your wrists or hands could be the result of a misalignment of the bones in your neck or upper back. The nerves that innervate your fingers, hands and arms originate around your spinal cord. A slipped disc in your back could be compressing the nerves that eventually lead to your hands. This could cause pain, tingling or numbness. A treatment from chiropractic can help to get your spine back into the proper alignment.
Reduction of Inflammation
Chiropractors can apply techniques that reduce inflammation in your hands and wrists. This can be especially helpful if you have conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. The chiropractor can use electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound or deep tissue massage to relieve the pressure and inflammation in your hands and wrists. As the inflammation subsides, you should have less stiffness and tension in your hands. Your range of motion should also improve.
Exercises and Stretches
Once there is no longer any inflammation in your fingers, hands and wrists, the chiropractor can teach you how to do hand exercises and stretches. These activities in treatment sessions designed specifically by professionals are meant to keep your tendons, joints and bones relaxed and in their proper positions.
You can do these stretches on your own at home between chiropractic treatments. The stretches can be done before or after you do certain activities. You can also take breaks from intensive hands-on tasks to do the stretches. These exercises are especially helpful for people who frequently use computers or other electronic devices.
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