Chiropractic Care For Writer's Cramps

by Administrator 17. April 2017 14:52

The human hand comprises of numerous bones, muscles and ligaments. All these components need to work in tandem for the hand to bend, move and function properly. However, repetitive activities can affect the hands and alter the original alignment of bones and other related structures.

Overuse of hands for repetitive activities such as writing can lead to a condition known as Writer’s Cramp. Long hours of writing time can significantly contribute towards the condition. Playing a musical instrument for long durations can also cause the hand to cramp. In certain instances, a history of injury might also be associated behind the occurrence of this condition.

CAUSES:

  • Excessive fine motor activity
  • Inappropriate writing technique
  • Repetitive motion of a hand
  • Writing continuously for long hours without a break
  • Poor writing posture
  • Playing a musical instrument for long periods

SYMPTOMS:

  • Difficulty in writing
  • Pain in hands and fingers while writing
  • Inability to grip the pen properly
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Cramping in hands after prolonged periods of writing
  • Cramps can also be felt in fingers, wrists, and forearms
  • Difficulty in hand co-ordination
  • Trembling sensation in an outstretched hand

DIAGNOSIS:

  • The chiropractor will first note down the medical history of the patient along with the visible symptoms and their severity.
  • The movement of hands and arms may be observed to check for posture, reflexes and discomfort while writing.
  • Tests such as Electromyelography (EMG) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be conducted to look at contractions of muscles and structural abnormalities.
  • Nerve conduction studies might also be recommended.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT:

  • Limiting the activities associated with Writer’s Cramp is the first step towards healing.
  • Physiotherapy and relaxation exercises may be recommended by the chiropractor to reduse discomfort caused by the condition
  • Any misalignments in the body may be corrected by the chiropractic doctor to achieve movement and flexibility
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an effective technique that involves using electrical stimulation to reduce the muscle spasms and the pain associated with it.
  • Relaxation techniques and meditation may also be advised.
  • Exercises that assist in strengthening the muscles and tissues of the hand can be performed by the patient on a regular basis.
  • Chiropractic techniques may also include switching hands.
  • Strengthening the joints may help to achive normal range of motion of the hand.
  • The chiropractor will treat the underlying causes to prevent the condition from recurring.

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