What is it?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in your wrist palm side up. It’s made up of bones and ligaments and is where the median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the nerve is compressed or pinched within the tunnel.

What do you feel?

Tingling, numbness and weakness in your thumb and fingers. Sometimes you might find you cannot make a fist or grasp things properly.

When do you feel it?

The numbness in your hand is usually felt at night. That is one of its distinguishing characteristics.

Who does it affect?

It is mostly seen in the over 50s. Women are more prone than men. Other conditions that can increase risk include pregnancy, diabetes or a sprained or fractured wrist.

What can be done?

Your chiropractor can prescribe certain exercises to increase mobilisation so that the pressure can be relieved. 

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