For those in pain, some natural help for carpal tunnel

Did you know that chiropractic isn’t just for addressing spinal issues? 

In fact, many chiropractic techniques help benefit other parts of the body. We’ve helped joints of the knees, ankles and even wrists. 

For those who have jobs that require constant use of their hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is a concern. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and wrist. 

This type of repetitive stress injury can occur when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. 

Fortunately, there are natural ways to manage carpal tunnel syndrome without resorting to surgery. If possible, rest the affected hand and wrist and consider wearing a wrist support.

Apply ice to the affected area to reduce swelling. Even better, consult our practice and see if your wrist could benefit from a precisely delivered adjustment. We’ve helped many with carpal tunnel symptoms. 


Sciatica prevention strategies 

Sciatica is a burning, persistent pain that runs from your lower back through the buttock and down into one or both legs.

Although it can’t always be prevented, there are some simple strategies that may help.

Aim to maintain proper posture and a healthy weight. It’s also a good idea to avoid sitting for long periods of time. 

If you have a desk job, be sure to get up and walk around periodically. Even better? Consider getting a standing desk. 

If you need to move heavy objects let your legs, not your back, do the work. Be sure to bend your knees and ask someone to share the load with you. 

Exercising regularly is not only good for your health but your back too. When your back is strong, you may avoid experiencing sciatica.

Oh, and regular chiropractic checkups may also help prevent sciatica. 


Add some green for a healthier environment 

Eating a plant-based diet may reap health dividends. But surrounding oneself with plants may improve your health too. 

There’s no need to turn your home into the Amazon rainforest. Positioning plants throughout your home or workplace may help improve your health in small, yet significant ways.

Can a humble houseplant really help improve health? Plants improve air quality by removing toxins in the air and adding oxygen. Some plants are also thought to absorb electromagnetic radiation created by computers and other electronics. 

Feeling under the weather? Indoor plants may help diminish coughs, sore throats and other illnesses related to the common cold. 

The reason? Plants help to increase humidity levels. Looking to subtract stress from your environment? Plants may help provide a soothing, calmer atmosphere and boost your mood too.

~ Cousineau Chiropractic

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