Archive for the ‘Carpal Tunnel’ Category

Will I Have To Live With It Forever?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Why Some People Get Well – And Others Can’t

When discussing the subject of why some people get well and others can’t, there are many different variables that come into focus.   While it is true that science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold, much less for serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many others, there are often more common reasons that are in each individual’s control.

Many people choose the wrong kind of doctor for their condition, and hence, often end up with the wrong kind of treatment.  Other individuals are too impatient, often expecting an overnight cure for a long-standing condition.

Still others accept advice from their doctor, but choose not to follow it.  Regretfully, there are some who don’t value their health and body performance enough to try to protect it until it’s gone.

Masking Symptoms – Ignoring Causes

While it is true that not all causes of health conditions can be found, one of the largest reasons for a growing number of chronic health conditions is the use of too many symptomatic relievers, including those who never even think to search for a cause of their condition.

While I belief that everyone has to do what they have to do, the truth about symptom relievers is they merely mask symptoms and ignore the cause of the underlying condition.  In other words, pain medications fool the mind into believing all is well with the body – when in fact, it isn’t.  This only provides the underlying cause of the symptoms time to grow worse, often irreversibly.

Given enough time, the cause of many conditions will grow so bad that no matter what is done, the body can’t turn itself around and heal the condition.

This is called “The Limitations of Time and Matter.” Don’t be confused by the name. Through the use of metaphors, it’s actually quite easy to understand……….

Rotten Meat And Spoiled Milk

At one time or another, most of us have left a piece of raw meat sitting in the open air a bit too long, and by the time we get around to it the meat has spoiled and no longer any good.

The longer it sits, the more spoiled it becomes.  Once the meat has spoiled, it can’t become unspoiled.

The same is true with dairy products.  Have you ever tried to unspoil milk?  Quite impossible, isn’t it?  In both of these cases, the products can be said to have gone beyond the limitations of time and matter. Too much time has passed.  The matter has changed.  They can’t be brought back.  They can’t be made good again.

Ever Try To Unboil A Hard-Boiled Egg?

Have you ever tried to unboil a hard-boiled egg?  This too, is also quite impossible.  Once the matter changes, it can’t be changed back.  The same can be said for failing to grease the moving parts of a machine.  If there is not enough lubricant in the moving parts, metal will begin rubbing against metal until the parts are destroyed – or damaged so significantly they can’t be made to function normally again.

If the engine in our car was knocking profusely, we wouldn’t turn up the stereo so we couldn’t hear the knock and pretend there wasn’t a problem.

If the fire alarm woke us in the middle of the night, we wouldn’t get up, shut off the alarm, ignore the smoke and flames and go back to bed, believing that by shutting off the alarm it was going to put out the fire.

Yet, this is exactly what happens when we take symptomatic relievers.  They shut off the body’s warning system and ignore the fire within.

Fooling The Mind At the Expense Of The Body

The majority of chronic conditions were once just a small symptom that was covered up with symptomatic relievers for too long and allowed time to grow worse.   This fooling of the mind at the expense of covering a body ailment through symptomatic relievers has led many people into chronic conditions for which they now have no recourse.

The chiropractic profession does not represent itself as a cure-all for all of mankind’s ailments.  However, it has an enviable safety and success record of helping people where other things have been tried and failed, even for many who’ve been told “Nothing more can be done.”  Perhaps chiropractic can help you, as well.

To summarize the law of “The Limitations of Time and Matter”……….  Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

For more information about the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic may be able to help you, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Hand Or Wrist Pain, Numbess Or Weakness

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hand or Wrist Pain?    Are You Dealing With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The word carpal refers to the eight dime-sized bones that make up each wrist.   On the palm side of your wrist is a ligament band stretching from the thumb side to the little finger side known as the carpal ligament.  All these structures make up the carpal tunnel, which is a tight, narrow opening in the wrist just large enough for the nerves coming off your neck to get into your hands and fingers.

Correct Diagnosis Essential

It’s very possible to have carpal tunnel symptoms without actually having carpal tunnel problems.  Indeed, it’s very probable!

People experience TRUE Carpal Tunnel, FALSE Carpal Tunnel and a phenomenon known as THE DOUBLE CRUSH.

As a result, carpal tunnel must be viewed from three different perspectives for accurate diagnosis.

“True” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

First, you may actually have ONLY a wrist problem. This is known as “true” carpal tunnel.

In the wrists are eight dime-sized carpal bones connected to the carpal ligament, which forms a ‘tunnel’ in which the median nerve from the neck travels into the hand.

When wrist bone misalignment occurs, it causes swelling and nerve compression in the “tunnel” and this nerve compression is the cause of true carpal tunnel symptoms.

“False” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Second, though you may have problems in your wrist, hand or fingers, it may not be carpal tunnel at all, but rather REFERRED PAIN into the hand because of nerve compression problems in the neck, shoulder or elbow. This is known as “false” carpal tunnel, because it mimics “true” carpal tunnel.

Nerves from the neck flow down the arms into the hands. If these neck nerves are compressed, they frequently refer symptoms into the forearm, wrists or hands even if no neck pain is involved.

In these cases, it does little good to focus on the wrist and hand, because this is NOT where the pain is coming from.

The “Double Crush” Phenomena

Third, your problem may be coming from MULTIPLE areas of nerve compression, such as the neck, shoulder, and/or the wrist.  This is known as the “Double Crush” Phenomena.  The nerve causing the pain is compressed, or “crushed” in two or more different areas.  These areas of compression are known as “choke points” and are very commonly found in carpal tunnel syndrome.

When a nerve is compressed a little in multiple locations, it can greatly enhance the pain in the wrist itself.  It is therefore very important to find where the cause or causes of the compression are to reduce the chances of misinterpretation and determine whether you have ‘true’ carpal tunnel, ‘false’ carpal tunnel – or the Double Crush phenomena!

Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms were studied, 40% were found to have dual areas of compression.  This is significant to know, especially if someone is contemplating surgery, because about one out of four surgeries leave the wrists and hands with some kind of permanent disability.

Chiropractic For Carpal Tunnel – A Non-Surgical Approach!

The chiropractic approach – a drugless, non-surgical approach – is to examine all potential choke points as a source of the problem.  Once it’s determined where your carpal tunnel symptoms are coming from, we can then go to work to bring proper motion and realignment into these areas to decompress the nerves that are resulting in carpal tunnel pain.

The majority of people respond very favorably to specific carpal tunnel procedures, and many patients report significant relief and/or total resolution of carpal tunnel problems through proper chiropractic methods.  Hopefully you can be the next person to benefit from our many years of experience in dealing with this potentially life-altering condition.

Doesn’t it make sense to find out before putting up with braces, undergoing injections or risking your hands to surgery?

For a complete article about carpal tunnel syndrome and how you may be able to avoid carpal tunnel surgery, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.