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Headaches and Hand Pain: Is There a connection?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:32pm

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

55242[1] I have been practicing chiropractic in downtown San Francisco for 17 years. I have always had a special interest in helping patients with headaches because I myself was introduced to chiropractic because of my own headaches.

A while later I became an expert on the causes, prevention, and cures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In fact...it is not likely that between 1995-2005 that there is a single chiropractor in the world who treated more cases of upper extremity disorders. A lot of this had to do with the Dot-com boom and our proximity to the epicenter.

One thing I knew first hand, but confirmed during this period...headaches and CTS symptoms are often times connected...connected at the neck...here' s how:

The nerves that exit from in between the bones of the cervical spine, travel down the arm and into the hand. Pressure on these nerves in the neck ( cervical radiculopathy ) can cause signs and symptoms of CTS. Some of the most common sources of pressure are vertebral subluxation, cervical disc herniations, disc bulges, stenosis, and disc degeneration...the same conditions that can cause headaches.

Images[1] Believe me, I know. When I was having my headaches I tried everything. I tried muscle relaxers, pain pills, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, biofeedback, migraine medication...everything...and none of it worked.  And...I also had hand pain which made my condition seem like it was from Mars to all the doctors that treated me...or tried to.

So I know first hand there is a connection between headaches and hand pain. This really helps when it comes to treating CTS symptoms and migraine headaches. And, I also know it can seem like an endless loop when none of the doctors you go to have a clue about what to do.

So anyway...I guess the moral of the story is chiropractic can help. Not just any chiropractor though. The chiropractor must be proficient at doing chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulder, arm and hands...not all of them are.

So do some homework...go online and talk to people you know. There is a chiropractor out there for you...you just have to flush them out.

For a complimentary headache or CTS consultation at Executive Express Chiropractic  in downtown San Francisco...call 415-392-2225 or request an appointment online.

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