Carpal tunnel syndrome is due to a combination of tight muscles, trigger points as well as the bones out of alignment in the wrist. When I check your in a wrist, first I check the range of motion and muscle test it to see if the bones in the wrist are out of alignment. Next, I check the fascia, which is the covering of the muscle, to see how tight it is. I also check for trigger points. Those are knots in the muscle caused by a collection of lactic acid or a repetitive stress injury. First I free up the fascia and work the trigger points. It hurts a little bit but it’s a good pain. Once the pain is released the blood flows back to the area and the pain is relieved. Next I do a sideward figure 8 motion on the wrist. This relieves the pain and often adjusts the bones in the wrist without any force. Next I retest the bones in the wrist to see if they’re still out of alignment. If they are, I will then give a gentle, effective adjustment to the wrist. This usually gives immediate relief and a subatantial reduction of pain and swelling.

You might ask "When should I opt for drugs or surgery and when should I try chiropractic?"  When it comes to health problems there are always two options drugs and surgery (the allopathic medical model) or chiropractic, massage or nutrition-the holistic natural model. Common sense would tell you to try the least invasive, safest procedure first and the riskiest, more possible side effects option second. 
If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Raphael Rettner is a Palmer College of Chiropractic West graduate and has been in practice since 1982. Dr. Rettner is one of the most highly skilled and respected chiropractors in the United States. He has made numerous radio and T.V. appearances, is the author of Vegetarian Cooking for People with Allergies and has produced several DVDs including: End P.M.S Now!, The Ultimate Diet, and Twelve Causes of an Unstable Spine. He has studied both force and non-force techniques such as Advanced Biostructural Correction, Applied Kinesiology, Biophysics, Gonstead, S.O.T. and over a dozen others. With a combination of creative thinking and an insatiable quest for knowledge, Dr. Rettner has developed several new and exciting chiropractic techniques. Since 1994 he has taught these in his Applied Trigger Points seminar to chiropractors all across the United States, Australia, Canada and England.
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