Is Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Really Neck Pain? - PAINFREE MAVERICK

Is Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Really Neck Pain?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of those ailments that gets self-diagnosed all the time without real tests being performed. If you want to test whether or not you have carpal tunnel syndrome, there’s a simple 30-second carpal tunnel syndrome test that can even help soothe symptoms.

But what if that hand tingling or burning isn’t from your wrist? What if it’s actually coming from somewhere else? Often, tingling and/or burning in your arms or hands can come from your neck. And there are countless reasons for that.

Luckily, there is a simple exercise called the Neck Traction Test that can help you discover if your neck is the cause of your tingling and numb fingers. After the test, you can know that your neck is the source of your problems and see a physiotherapist to find the perfect solution.

How to do a Neck Traction Test

Take one of your hands and place it under your chin. You want the palm of your hand to really sit right under your chin.
Then take your other hand and place your palm against the very bottom of your head: where you skull ends and your neck begins.
Then all you want to do is try to lift your head, just as if you wanted to lift your head right off your shoulders and raise it to the ceiling.

Do this several times and see what happens. Remember, you want to be lifting as if someone is gripping the back of your neck and pulling you up toward the ceiling.

After you’ve repeated it several times, you may find your tingling and numbing has gone. If that’s the case, the good news is that you don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome. The bad news is that it’s coming from your neck.

So if the tingling and numbing in your fingers does go away, it’s a good idea to go see a physiotherapist to find out exactly where that problem is and what you can do about it.

Your neck is a sensitive area, so best to get it seen by a professional.


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