Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve that arises in the
neck and travels through the shoulder, arm, and into the hand becomes
compressed. Compression of the median nerve results in tingling, numbness, pain
and/or weakness that affects the 2nd, 3rd, and thumb-side half of the 4th
fingers. It can wake sufferers up in the middle of the night, forcing them to
have to shake the hand and flick the fingers to “wake it up.” This can occur
multiples times a night, making for a long next day! We’ve discussed
chiropractic management strategies such as manipulation/mobilization of the
neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, the use of a cock-up splint (especially
at night and at times when driving), but more information regarding the use of
nutritional supplementation is lacking; hence the purpose of this Health
look at what we are trying to accomplish by nutritional approaches for CTS:
: Because of stomach, liver, and kidney side
effects, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and others may not be your
best choice. Rather, consider Turmeric (300 mcg), Ginger (100 mg),
Boswellia (100 mg), Rosemary (100 mg), Bioflavonoid (100 mg), Bromelain
(50 mg), Vitamin C (1-3 grams/day), Vitamin E (400 IU/day), Vitamin D3
(2000-5000 IU/day), Vitamin B-complex (especially B6, 9, and 12).
c) : Childhood
obesity: Vit. D (ages 1-13, 5 mcg/day), B12, Vit. C, Fiber, Calcium (an extra
300mg of Calcium= >2 lb. weight drop); other fat soluble vitamins (Vit. A,
E, and K), iron (iron is more commonly deficient in obese children and adults
and can lead to fatigue and poor mental health and memory function).
: General health: paleo diet, sleep quality, and
exercise (see below).
You may notice that there is a lot
of overlap in many of these vitamin recommendations. If one were to give
nutritional recommendations for general health purposes, the anti-inflammatory
“big 5” might include 1. A good quality multi-vitamin mineral, 2. Magnesium
(often with calcium as a combined supplement), 3. Omega-3 fatty acids; 4.
Vitamin D; and 5. Coenzyme Q10. For CTS specifically, the addition of a B
complex seems consistently recommended above.
Controlling weight will reduce CTS risk and decrease the risk of acquiring
type II diabetes which increases CTS risk by itself. Perhaps an “ideal diet”
for everyone might include eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and
the elimination of gluten (grains) – referred to by some as the
“anti-inflammatory diet,” paleo diet, caveman diet, and Mediterranean diet.
We realize you have a choice in who
you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your
trust in choosing our service for those needs.
If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be
honored to render our services.
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