Carpal tunnel is a cumulative problem usually not caused by a single trauma but by many small repetitive insults. Carpal tunnel is just as the name says- a tunnel through your wrist in which ligaments and nerves pass. As these tissues are aggravated, they become inflamed and can place pressure on the nerves producing pain, nubmbess, or even loss of strength. Symptoms of carpal tunnel can be caused by entrapment of the nerves at multiple joints from the neck, to the elbow, to the wrist. By utilizing soft tissue techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and gentle adjustments, chiropractic care can aid in the relief of pressure on the nerves that are producing symptomology.
Another condition which may present as similar to carpal tunnel is a wrist subluxation. The wrist consists of eight carpal bones, and any displacement no matter how slight, can push on the carpal tunnel and elicit the same nerve entrapment symptoms.