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Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel is a condition associated with pain that occurs due to an impinged nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is actually a narrow wrist cavity that exists to safeguard the nerve that controls hand function and tendons that control and regulate hand and finger movement. When this tunnel becomes swollen or compressed in any way, it places extra pressure on the nerve causing symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. When left untreated, the condition can cause tissue deterioration and long-term damage.

Symptoms and Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome vary from one sufferer to another, but they generally include:

  • Hand numbness,
  • Tingling in the hands,
  • Weakness,
  • Loss of hand coordination,
  • Pain that travels up the arm, and more.

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome usually relate to usage. They can include:

  • Driving long distances or frequently,
  • Extended computer use,
  • Manual labor,
  • Improper hand use patterns – lifting, exercising and more.

Individuals of all ages are subject to the condition, but it’s generally seen among people between the ages of 30 and 60.

There is Help Available

When help is sought from an experienced chiropractor, there is hope. In most cases, the damage caused by the syndrome can be treated and reversed. A skilled chiropractor – like Dr. Scott LeVan at LeVan Chiropractic – can listen to your needs and symptoms while performing an exam to determine potential problem areas and creating a plan of action to move forward.

Carpal tunnel syndrome does not have to be a lifelong pain, there is help available. It all starts with a call. Schedule a consultation with LeVan Chiropractic today to learn if chiropractic care could help correct your carpal tunnel pain.

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Insomnia

Getting a good night’s sleep is critical – it’s what provides energy to get through the next day while recharging you to face what’s ahead. It affects energy levels and even your moods.

But, sometimes sleep can be hard to find. Sufferers of insomnia have a hard time falling or staying asleep and 10% of the population suffers more than every now and then, with a chronic sleep issue like insomnia.

Insomnia

Is what you’re suffering from insomnia? A few symptoms include:

  • Trouble falling asleep,
  • Waking up multiple times during the night,
  • Waking up too early without being able to fall back asleep,
  • Waking up feeling tired, as though you didn’t sleep, and more.

Beyond the typical symptoms, daytime drowsiness, low concentration levels, a reduction in energy, an increase in irritability and weight gain are all associated with the condition. There are a variety of causes to sleeplessness that include emotions, foods, drinks, too much light, inactive lifestyles and more.

The Solution

So, you’re suffering with sleep – what’s next?

Surprising to some, chiropractic care can increase your ability to get a good night’s rest. By removing internal interferences in the nervous system that can arise from improper alignment, the body’s natural processes can be restored. One of these processes is sleep. In fact, many chiropractic patients report an increase in restful sleep from the very beginning of treatment.

While medication is appropriate in some cases, chiropractic care should be your first step when facing sleep troubles. Ready to get a good night’s rest? Contact LeVan Chiropractic today and set up a consultation. We’re excited to work with you.

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Migraine Triggers

It’s no secret that migraines negatively affect sufferers and that a migraine can bring everyday life to a complete and sudden stop. While chiropractic care can provide instant and lasting relief to sufferers, there are also certain triggers that have been proven to cause migraines.

In many cases, a combination of targeted chiropractic adjustments and the elimination and avoidance of triggers can reduce the frequency of migraines, sometimes eradicating them altogether.

Proven Triggers

Foods: In many cases, certain ingredients and compounds in foods can trigger migraines. These include aged cheeses, wines, processed meats, refined carbohydrates. Additionally, eating off schedule, allowing blood sugar to drop or changing a regular eating schedule can be triggers along with allowing the body to become dehydrated. To eliminate these triggers, avoid the foods listed above, eat on a consistent schedule and snack regularly with healthy, whole foods.

Stress: In addition to other negative health issues, weight fluctuations and tension headaches, stress can be directly linked to migraines. To avoid stress as a trigger, taking the time to relax, to meditate, to sleep and to exercise are essential.

Environment: In some situations, stress and foods have nothing to do with the onset of migraines. Instead, environmental factors can be at play – sometimes too much sun, a change in the weather, certain smells (like gasoline) and loud noises can contribute to migraines. While some environmental triggers cannot be avoided, understanding their role in migraine headaches and avoiding certain situations can be helpful.

 Acting Accordingly

If you are a migraine sufferer, consider starting a journal. Write down what happened in the day leading up to a migraine headache. Over time, consistencies may become apparent. To take it one step further, consider consulting with an experienced chiropractor, like Dr. Scott LeVan at LeVan Chiropractic for a consultation today. The combination of avoiding triggers and regular chiropractic adjustments can alleviate migraines; the time to act is now.

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