There are more bones in the hand and wrist than there are in the entire spinal column. There are 27 bones in the hand. For comparison, there are 24 in the entire spinal column
8 of these bones are carpal bones (wrist bones). If you just adjusted 1 of them (the Scaphoid), you would feel tremendously better. A Chiropractor can take it a step further by detailed adjusting of 3 carpal bones (Scaphoid, Lunate, and Capitate) and tractioning the rest, along with complete muscle/soft tissue work.
A Chiropractor could check the shoulder with a wrist problem. In our office, we usually find a shoulder subluxation (misalignment) with a wrist problem. (we always find a shoulder subluxation with an elbow problem, 100% of the time)
Lets talk about these 3 carpal bones here:
The Scaphoid could be the most important carpal bone. If you feel where the long thumb bone (1st metacarpal) starts, now just move slightly off this bone, towards the elbow. This is where the Scaphoid is. This is the It usually subluxates (misaligns) posterior and medially. It is heavily involved with the following:
- De Quervain Tenosynovitis (strain of 2 thumb muscles)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Radial Nerve Entrapment Syndromes (wrist drop could be seen here)
This wrist bone rests just lateral to the Schapoid bone. My professor once said this is the most commonly involved carpal bone. But one seminar I went to said the Schapoid could be the most important carpal bone. Who knows then? So lets work on both and save the unnecessary confusion
This bone likes to subluxate anteriorly and superiorly.
This is a commonly overlooked and neglected carpal bone. This wrist bone rest between where the 3rd long hand bone (metacarpal) starts. The Capitate subluxates posterior at the end of the bone towards the hand, and anterior at the begining of the bone, towards the wrist.
If you repeatedly get sprains/strains of the wrist, or have carpal tunnel, you want to get this wrist bone looked at.
Of course you must address the muscle/soft tissues with this region. You can even help your wrist/hand just by working with a muscle of the chest. Did you know that by massaging the Pectoralis Minor (2nd Chest Muscle), you can reduce or eliminate your thumb pain? This is soft tissue work. This of course will not work if you took a hammer to your thumb. But if the tension travels from your chest to your thumb via the soft tissue "train", you can help your thumb. Different muscles, but they are connected by that same train.
It is the same idea as your calves and back muscles. If you bent down and could not touch your toes, you probably could after massaging your calves. Massaging the calves relieves tension along the soft tissue "train" to the back muscles, relaxing them.
The carpal "tunnel" involves the following:
- 4 tendons of the Flexor Digitorum Profundus (muscles that flex the end of the fingers)
- 4 tendons of the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis (muscles that flex the middle part of the fingers)
- 1 tendon of the Flexor Pollicus Longus (muscle that flexes the thumb)
- The median nerve
- Hamate, Trapezium, Trapezoid, and Capitate bones
- Flexor Retinaculum
Along with the adjustment to the carpal bones, a Chiropractor can do muscle work to relieve the pressure of these tendons (tendons are ends of muscles)
Chiropractic gets great results with Carpal Tunnel, and other hand/wrist problems. Structure determines function, just remember that.