Why Are My Hands Tingling?
Many people suffer from varying degrees of tingling in their hands. This can also extend into the arm and shoulder. There are a variety of causes for tingling, but today we’ll talk about the most common one, carpal tunnel syndrome.
People who use their hands for repetitive motion tasks at work are prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome, which is characterized by tingling in the thumb, index, and middle finger. It can also cause pain or numbness in the hands at night, waking up with numb or tingling hands, weakness of grip, dropping things, and forearm pain. Sometimes symptoms will extend into the upper arm and shoulder. People will often think they have an elbow or shoulder problem when in fact it is carpal tunnel.
Machinists, computer users, grocery checkers, drivers, gardeners, carpenters, and many other tradespeople are very prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. When the hands and arms are repeatedly used in one position to do one function, some muscles can overdevelop while others shrivel. This creates an imbalance in the normal mechanics of the body which can lead to nerve entrapment in various parts of the arm.
This can lead to a breakdown of the normal architecture of the wrist so that instead of having a tunnel or an archway of bones (called carpal bones) that travel through the wrist area, the bones flatten and put pressure on the nerve that runs into the hand.
What Can You Do About Tingling Hands?
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I look for the source of the problem. If the tunnel is flat, it can often be restored to a more normal shape by moving the bones of the wrist. If overdevelopment of a muscle has caused nerve trapping in the forearm, deep tissue release of the affected muscle and strengthening of the weakened muscle will change the mechanics of the arm and take pressure off of the nerve. Reducing inflammation in the area can also create more space for the nerve. This therapeutic rather than surgical means of healing the issue is preferred by more and more people faced with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Are you dealing with tingling hands and other painful symptoms? Give us a call and come in. We can help you today!
Did you know that in addition to her Chiropractic (DC) degree, Dr. Charlene Thorburn is also a Registered Nurse (RN)? This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.