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clark

Is this article saying to DO eagle and namaste or avoid this if suffering from carpal tunnel?

Janel Barthe

where can I find Dr. Camp's site? where can I get visuals of this? Thanks

rajshriprasad

put a tapr acrolss the back of yr thumb and stretch
across the chasm crrated by thumb to pinky position and circle around hand twice
pls eloborate this to understand properly with image

Susan

You are a genius. lots of these tape ideas put pressure on the carpal. you demo relieving it!

Celeste C.

Finally!!!! I have had carpal tunnel for years, refused the surgery after seeing the results and listening to the reasoning. I'm a wildlife biologist and it did not make sense. I do have the pain all the way from my neck down the back of my arm through the elbow to the hand and putting pressure on the key points in my neck, shoulder relieves the elbow and hand discomfort. Present work conditions have seriously aggravated the condition again and I was searching for relief. I do not have consistent chiropractic care do a mobile lifestyle and was thrilled to find this thread!!! Thank you and I am just now expanding my knowledge base through Dr. Camp's site. I appreciate the time he took to write his comments and for you to post it.

dr H Edward Camp

Carpel Tunnel or… carpal flat

Every now and then a new diagnosis comes to down where for lack of a better idea they lump a certain collection of symptoms into a “Likely Diagnosis”. These seem to fall into and then out of favor as new ideas come around.

Carpel Tunnel is one of them that seems to encompass any sort of alteration in muscle strength or numbness or tingling in the hands. The way we remembered this concept in school was the thumb and index finger make a U for the Ulnar nerve and the remaining three digits made an M for the Median nerve. A true carpel tunnel injury would affect only the median nerve thus the last three digits however… the actual mechanism of injury is a LOSS of the carpel tunnel or as I call it, “Carpel Flat”. Am I cute or what…. ? Don’t say what now or I’ll stop typing. I do hope that you get what I am driving at here; it’s a loss of the tunnel that impinges on the nerve causing the symptoms.

The medical approach to treatment is to cut the flexor retenaculum which is the ligamentous structure that holds the carpel tunnel in place. The idea is that this will “Open” the tunnel and give the Median nerve more room thus reducing pressure on the nerve and hence symptoms. In reality it collapses the tunnel by removing its only support. Perhaps this accounts for the abysmal amount of failed carpel tunnel surgeries.

My actual belief is that Carpel Tunnel doesn’t exist as they tend to describe it. Chiropractors think more along the line of “Double Crush Injury” what that means is there are two insults to the nerve pathway involved that work together to cause the peripheral symptoms of numbness and tingling that show up in the hand/s.

Usually this is in the neck AND. I say the neck and, as its almost always starting in the neck. WHAT you ask hand symptoms from the neck ? Yes indeed, there are eight “Cervical nerves” half of which are involved with both sensory and motor function of the upper extremity. Hello ! Wow who would have thought that ? There are three other areas of potential entrapment the shoulder, elbow and wrist.

This is NOT something the layperson can treat for themselves and or diagnose for that matter but there is something that can help lessen the symptoms in many patients. There is a tape job that supports the carpel tunnel and can often reduce symptoms and repair damage if given enough time. The tape job goes across the palm next to the wrist. How you find the appropriate area is touch your thumb to your pinky. When you do this, you will create a “Butt” at the base of your palm.

Put the tape across the back of the thumb and stretch it across the chasm created by this thumb to pinky position and circle around the hand twice. Make it tight across the palm and just lay the tape across the back of the hand securely.

I like to use electrical tape why… it comes in MANY fashion forward colors for the ladies, and it also has some inherent stretch to it that athletic tape doesn’t have. Its also cheap which cant hurt in this economy.

Some people say I can’t do my work like this, and yet I have had data entry workers tell me it takes just a little getting used to and they have all the dexterity they need.

The protocol is tape whenever you are using your wrists, typing, at the gym or any time stresses are present. Keep this up for eight to ten weeks. The ligaments that have changed don’t come back to their pre-injury status but they will contract quite a bit and this support protocol allows them to recover whatever amount they are going to which in many cases is enough to relieve the symptoms.

Of course treatment by a competent Chiropractor up’s the odds significantly that you will fully recover, this is a cost effective starting place. I can tell you many patients I have had scheduled for carpel tunnel surgery blow it off symptom free after a run of Chiropractic therapy and this tape job.

I hope you find this tip helpful.

<a href="http://www.edcampchiropractic.com">Edward Camp San Francisco Chiropractor</a>

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