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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Great Home Exercises! 

 April 8, 2013

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – This was previously posted at drtrippstoverblog.com. I thought it would be good to repost. It seems like I’ve had a rash of patients with CTS or similar symptoms lately.

Because carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is technically a tendonitis that happens to be near a nerve (the median nerve), one treatment option for CTS is to manage the tendonitis and by doing so, the pressure on the median nerve will resolve. Also, because the movement of the hand and wrist are controlled by opposite functioning muscles (that is, when we flex the wrist and fingers, the palm side tendons are doing the job and when we extend the wrist/fingers, the back of the forearm and hand tendons are doing the work), these opposite functioning actions need to be balanced. Moreover, if the muscles on one side of the forearm are tight and inflamed, very often so are the muscles on the opposite side.

Therefore, an exercise program for the forearm and hand should include BOTH sides, not just the flexor or palm side of the forearm/hand where the carpal tunnel is located. Perform these exercises multiple times a day for 3-10 second hold times. You can modify #2 and #3 by NOT using the opposite hand to pull but rather, simply make the movement without the opposite hand assisting in the stretch. That way, you can perform BOTH at the same time IF your time is short (such as when performing these during a busy work day, for example).

Feel for the stretch where the arrows are pointing – it should be a “good” hurt/stretch!

We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services. If you, a friend or family member requires care for CTS, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

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Location:

We are located at 9097 Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111. This is a Hanover county address, but we are minutes from Glenn Allen, Innsbrook, Sandston, and Varina. We also serve many people from King William and New Kent Counties. Our close proximity to I295 means we are very easy to reach from anywhere in the Richmond Metro area. Contact us: 804-559-1100

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

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