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Q: What are some natural remedies to ease carpal tunnel symptom?

Posted May 14, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: The most effective natural option would be to see a chiropractor.  A chiropractor will examine your spine and upper extremities and determine where the issue may lay. The nerves in your cervical spine travel out into your upper extremities and control their functions and sensations. So even though there may be a misalignment in your neck, you may only notice the discomfort in your wrist(s). Chiropractors are not limited to just adjusting the spine. They can also adjust extremities, such as wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, etc. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded in a study that chiropractic was just as effective as conservative medical treatment in reducing carpal tunnel symptoms.

It would also be of benefit to stretch your wrist flexors and extensors. To do that, begin with your arm stretched out in front of you and having your fingers face towards the floor. Having your palms facing upward will stretch the wrist flexors while palms face down will stretch the extensors. Use your other hand to apply more pressure to your hand to provide mild to moderate stretch. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat as needed.

Supplementing with fish oil would be another good option as it acts as a natural joint lubricator and decreases inflammation throughout the body. A brace may also be of benefit to provide support and stability to your wrist.

Information provided by Nicole Olson, DC, CACCP, Olson Chiropractic Health Center, 1510 S.W. Oralabor Road, Suite B, Ankeny, 289-1015.

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