Mobilization and the Carpal Tunnel.
When the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist, it can result in the cluster of symptoms described as carpal tunnel syndrome. These can include numbness, tingling, pain in the thumb and first three fingers. The syndrome may also produce pain up the median nerve to the elbow and shoulder. Mobilization therapy/wrist adjustments—a form of treatment performed by doctors of chiropractic—applied to the wrist increases the cross-sectional area and diameter of the carpal tunnel, which reduces pressure on the median nerve.