Spinal Problems and Alternative Medicine

An example of spinal, bone and muscle problems and non-surgical remedies, focusing on chiropractic.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The nerves that control muscles in the arms and hands come from the spine at the lower part of the neck (McGill, 1997, p. 44). Many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome have their origins in this area because pinched nerves in the neck create discomfort in the wrist. The wrists contain seven bones called carpals. The carpal bones of the wrist are stacked in rows with an opening between them known as the carpal tunnel. Nerves coming from the neck and arms pass through these tunnels on their way to the hands and fingers. If they do not receive the proper nerve conduction, when the wrists are put under constant stress, such as in typing, the bones move out of their normal position and pinch the nerves in the wrist, producing painful symptoms in the hands, wrists and forearms, known as carpal tunnel syndrome.