Individuals diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome tend to report an increase in wrist pain first thing in the morning. What’s happening while you sleep? Turns out there is a lot including the way you position your hand and wrist. Check out these three easy methods of carpal tunnel treatment you can try today. Then contact our chiropractor and carpal tunnel doctor in Kenosha for additional care.
About Carpal Tunnel Wrist Pain
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist, this is caused by nerve damage. In this case, the median nerve that runs from the upper cervical spine in the neck through the upper arms and down through each wrist into your hands. This will cause wrist pain and discomfort. You can have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. However, this is rare since the condition is the result of a pinched or pressed median nerve.
Treatment for Wrist Pain
Thankfully our chiropractor can treat wrist pain naturally using chiropractic treatments. Along with chiropractic adjustments to realign your spine and reduce pinching on the median nerve, our chiropractor and her team also offer lifestyle advice. Take into account these three ways to treat your carpal tunnel at night naturally.
Nighttime Wrist Positioning
The main reason you wake up with your wrist hurting due to the carpal tunnel is that your median nerve continues to be pinched while you sleep. As a result, you wake up with numbness, tingling, or pain in your hand, wrist, and fingers. Patients often report being unable to use their hand for the first hour or so after waking due to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
To remedy this issue, gently shake your hand before you go to sleep. You can also take a warm shower or use a warm towel over your wrist to help relax the ligaments. Keep your hand laying out so your wrist is not twisted or bent and unclench your fingers. Consider hanging your hand over the side of the bed to help stretch out the wrist ligaments while sleeping.
Keep your hand strength up and see improvements in your carpal tunnel syndrome. By working and stretching your wrist and hand ligaments and joints, you allow the median nerve to be relieved of pressure. This pressure is most likely due to scar tissue from damage in the wrist, such as from pressure on the wrist due to typing extensively. You will need a chiropractor to help break up this scar tissue naturally.
In the meantime, commit to these daily hand exercises and stretches. Circle the hand around at the wrist for 30 times each direction. Clench your fist and hold, then release for a repetition of 10 times. Do these exercises at the start of each day and periodically when using your wrists extensively or you experience wrist pain. Other wrist exercises include using a set of light hand weights, of one to three pounds. Use these weights to strengthen your wrist and hand muscles. This way you protect against carpal tunnel pain in the future.
Certain vitamins and minerals can help you improve your joint function. Consider supplementing your diet with vitamin B6, which shows promise for helping relief wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel. Other supplements to look into for treating carpal tunnel pain are vitamin D, bromelain, magnesium, or gingko biloba.
If you are looking for an even more all-natural approach, ask our chiropractor about nutritional counseling. We are here to help you identify the food sources of these vitamins and minerals. Learn how to create an optimal diet plan to protect against wrist pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Contact Our Kenosha Chiropractor, Dr. Jeranek, Today
To receive additional carpal tunnel treatment for wrist pain, contact our Kenosha chiropractor, Dr. Janet Jeranek. Here at Jeranek Family Chiropractic, we use comprehensive, all-natural methods including spinal adjustments for pain relief. As you consider your options for carpal tunnel pain relief at night, we are glad you are looking at our carpal tunnel doctor as your preferred provider.
We have more than 30 years of experience serving the community of Kenosha, WI. We offer same-day appointments along with a free patient consultation with our chiropractor Dr. Janet Jeranek. This way we can develop a personalized treatment plan perfect for your carpal tunnel pain and wrist condition. We also provide gentle chiropractic care for those individuals suffering from chronic wrist pain. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (262) 694-7833.