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Healing your carpal tunnel

If you have the wrist, hand or arm pains of carpal tunnel, you may think that you need surgery or a cortisone shot. This is what many patients were told by their other doctors before seeing us. After coming to see Dr. Walsdorf, many of our patients note that he examines them more fully than their other doctors. He palpates the whole of their neck, clavicle and arm regions. This helps him uncover the reason for your carpal tunnel pains.

We see a lot of people with carpal tunnel problems, bursitis and rotator cuff injuries – and there is much we do to help them.

Here are 3 therapies Dr. Walsdorf uses to treat Carpal Tunnel with his patients:

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Skeletal Adjustments

While orthopedists rely on drug control of pain and surgeries, Dr. Walsdorf will take the time to work on your extremity alignment issues to resolve those shoulder, arm, wrist or hand pains you might have. Patients often do not realize that these pains are often signs of underlying problems that are completely treatable in hands-on, natural ways.

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Postural Therapies

Your posture is a reflection of your habit patters regarding the way you move your body on a day-by-day basis. The way you sit, stand, and especially walk affects the muscular balance that builds your postural well-being. Even the way you drive and sleep influences your posture. Your head, neck and chest postures have the most affect upon the shoulders, arms and hands, affecting your carpal tunnel issues.

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Nutritional Therapy

You may be surprised to find that your nutritional state can be involved in the precipitation of your carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, bursitis, rotator cuff or other extremity problems.

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Dr. Walsdorf was able to pinpoint my problem when other doctors couldn’t. He explains what he is doing and what the procedure is for. Recommends at-home therapies. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and fun. Makes me look forward to going to the doctor.
Jim Rayo

Some of the muscles in the affected area, like your hand’s carpal tunnel, may not be “innervated” properly by nerve signals coming from the spine – particularly from the neck (the cervical spine). After doing our extensive orthopedic/chiropractic exam and potentially taking x-rays, we will frequently discover the nerves that are not functioning properly because they are “pinched”.

Unfortunately, carpal tunnel is now recognized to be a double crush syndrome where nerves are often being pinched at the wrist and the neck. Improving nerve flow from the neck is valuable to freeing you from the pain and weakness that you feel in your arms and hands.

Your “proprioceptive nerves” make up the second class of nerves. There are often a thousand of them per cubic inch in your body. These small nerves surround each muscle, and ligament, and dive into the joints of the body to tell the central nervous system the local conditions of that area. These conditions include the amount of tension on a given ligament, how tight a muscle is being pulled, and how close the bones of a joint are.

If these proprioceptive nerves are not working well, there is a breakdown in the “kinetic chain” that moves up from your feet, and eventually moves into your wrists. Therefore, things have an easier time going wrong when you need to do something that takes coordination, involves heavy lifting, or that forces your body to deal with a sudden jolt.

When this occurs you can end up with a pulled muscle, a tendon tear, bursitis, torn cartilage, and for many people, carpal tunnel issues.

Dr. Walsdorf uses Nutritional Response Testing (NRT) to help him uncover the particular weaknesses that are present in your body’s organ systems. It is very common for each of us to have our own particular organ health weaknesses. Some we are born with, inherit, gain over time by how we eat, posture ourselves, or even move. Dr. Walsdorf uses special nutritional supports that can help correct your particular organ weaknesses – again so that your body can better heal its weaker links, such as carpal tunnel.

General nutritional state looks into whether your digestion is good and if your diet is perhaps poor. If you’re in a bad nutritional state, then your muscle, ligament, and joint tissues will not get the biochemical ingredients they need to be strong and resistant against everyday strains. In other words, vitamins, minerals, proteins and a host of other natural biochemistries are needed to build healthy, strong muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Moreover, these nutritional factors affect the conduction of nerve impulses needed to maintain the resilience of your carpal tunnel, arm, and shoulders.

Acid-Base (and other) balances involve the pH balance of your body. If your body is too acidic, problems can occur; if you are too alkaline, other problems can also occur. We must obtain a balance, because these imbalances can affect the state of your joints and muscles. Additionally, the calcium–phosphorus imbalances can lead to the accumulation of calcium in your joints, causing arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis. Calcium–magnesium imbalances can cause muscle and nerve irritability. Carpal tunnel issues can be the result of such long-standing imbalances.

Toxicity is the inability of the body to keep itself clean, or clear out the toxins that can accumulate within itself. Our livers, our kidneys, our immune system, even our lungs, thyroid and adrenal glands are all affected by the accumulation of toxins in our body. More and more people are becoming aware of the possibility that they are “toxic” due to their poor dietary habits. Programs to clear out these toxins can help give the body more capacity to heal problems like carpal tunnel.