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Posted on 06-10-2014

Suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? We can help you at Bakke Chiropractic Clinic.

Traditional treatments focus exclusively upon the carpal tunnel, where the median nerve crosses the underside of the wrist, and upon any impingements within that area. These traditional treatments include splinting, anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, and surgery.

The median nerve is a peripheral nerve, composed of single cells, which runs the entire length of the arm. This is the nerve that is most commonly associated with carpal tunnel symptoms. Most traditional treatments focus upon the entrapment of the median nerve at the area of the carpal tunnel.

Research is showing that this traditional emphasis upon the carpal tunnel area is both inaccurate and ignores the greater picture. Dr. Michael Leahy reported that, in over 500 cases of peripheral nerve entrapment, only two cases involved the actual carpal tunnel.

In the majority of CTS cases, the nerve entrapments actually occur further up the arm, closer towards the elbow. Conventional treatments rarely address these other entrapment sites, choosing instead to focus solely upon the carpal tunnel region.

Unfortunately, many practitioners are unaware of this information and continue to use standard medical tests and procedures that focus solely upon the area of the carpal tunnel.

Non-specific, inaccurate testing methods often lead to the misdiagnosis (and treatment) of just a single entrapment site at the median tunnel, when in fact, nerve entrapments can occur along the entire length of the carpal nerve, from the shoulder to the tips of the fingers. Thus, it is no surprise that most medical procedures achieve very poor functional results when treating CTS.

Active Release Technique (ART) is a very successful technique for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) due to its ability to both find the specific tissues that are restricted, and then physically work them back to their normal texture and tension. This hands-on technique releases the median nerve from its abnormal attachments to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or connective structures that are causing the nerve compression syndrome.

Here is link to a study, The effectiveness of ART soft-tissue treatment on carpal tunnel patients.

We at Bakke Chiropractic Clinic specialize in finding the nerve entrapments using the hands on technique to release this entrapment. Dr. Jongmin Lee certified in (ART), uses ART soft tissue treatment and Dr. Danan uses soft tissue work with muscle testing ,cold laser, and vibration percussor work to release the entrapment.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647071

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