Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Causes and Treatment


Chiropractor Dr. Mark Halpern of Midtown Family Chiropractic discusses the causes and treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1)      The Neck – The nerves in the lower part of your neck run down your arm and into your wrist. Compression on this part of your neck will always affect the way your wrist functions, heals, and feels symptoms. If this is the cause of your carpal tunnel, you will need to get your neck assessed.

2)      The Wrist –  There are tiny bones that form an arch across your wrist called the ‘carpal arch’. The area under this arch is called the ‘carpal tunnel’. When your arch begins to collapse, it compresses everything that’s going through the tunnel, leading to numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in your hand. Unless the wrist and bones are recreated to form that arch, the weakness will remain because your muscles are not in their proper alignment.

Dr. Halpern does not recommend using wrist supports that you can purchase over-the-counter – these supports can over-extend your wrist. Your wrists can heal only when in a neutral position!

If you visit a practitioner about your carpal tunnel syndrome, make sure that they understand carpal tunnel and the bones of the wrist.

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About Dr. Mark Halpern:

Dr. Mark Halpern graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1996. He ran The York Lanes Chiropractic clinic, at York University, from October 1996 to June 2010. The Midtown Family Chiropractic clinic was opened in the fall of 2005 on a part-time basis and became a full-time practice in June 2010.

Educating the community regarding Health & Wellness is a priority for Dr. Halpern and through his work at the University and in Toronto, has had the opportunity to write articles for the campus newspaper and local publications, do a monthly radio show, and many lectures for the corporate community, as well as the Kinesiology and Music departments.

His practice Midtown Family Chiropractic serves people looking to live a Wellness based lifestyle with passion, vitality, and a vision for the future.

Dr. Halpern’s expertise with spinal health, and foot and extremity mechanics, allowed him to develop a unique high performance Golf fitness assessment, as well as run corporate foot clinics.

Dr. Halpern has a broad range of interests in the health and wellness field and has become certified in Psych-k (Belief change) and Reconnective Healing, both concentrating on helping his practice members to live the life of their dreams by removing unwanted subconscious beliefs and stimulating the natural healing capabilities of the human body.